A troubling news has reached CHECKPOINTCHARLEY over the taking over of Benue State House of Assembly Monday morning by a detachment of armed Mobile policemen, believed to have been drawn from Abuja, Nasarawa and Benue.
The heavily armed police operatives blocked the main entrance leading to the assembly complex, thereby preventing workers from gaining entrance.
No official reason has been given for this assault on Nigerian democracy, but CHECKPOINTCHARLEY gathered that the police invasion is an attempt by the opposition party, All Progressives Congress, APC, to reinstate the sacked Speaker, Rt Hon Terkimbi Ikyange.
A top member of Benue State APC, who does not want his name in print, said there is a plan, sponsored by the presidency to impeach Governor Samuel Ortom, once Mr. Ikyange returns as speaker.
“The aim is to punish and humiliate him for defecting to the Peoples Democratic party, PDP,” the source said.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY is yet to confirm the plot to impeach Ortom. The governor was yet to respond to calls and sms sent to him as at the time of filing this report.
But his spokesman, Tahav Agerzua confirmed the development and the move to impeach his boss, saying that eight lawmakers took control of the premises of the state parliament with the support of the police.
He said, “They have taken over the House of Assembly and served the governor an impeachment notice despite a court order forbidding them from doing so.”
According to him, former governor and APC senator George Akume, brought police officers from Abuja in a plot to use eight lawmakers to impeach a governor in a House of 30 lawmakers.
This comes a few days after Governor Ortom dumped the APC for PDP.
And also days after 23 PDP lawmakers impeached Speaker Terkimbi Ikyange. They had alleged, among other things, that the former speaker failed to carry other members along in legislative activities.
Recall that last week, PDP lawmakers said they were forced to use the Government House in Makurdi to conduct legislative businesses after security sealed the state Assembly complex.