Makurdi - The Benue State House of Assembly has kick-started impeachment proceedings against the Deputy Governor of the state, Benson Abonu, reports Punch.
The move follows the recent detention of the Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, and other principal officers of the House based on a petition by a son of the deputy governor, Abonu Abonu.
Ikyange and three principal officers were arrested and detained on by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja over alleged misappropriation of N750 million meant for the purchase of cars for members.
Others detained include Deputy Speaker James Ikefe; the Majority Leader, Benjamin Adanyi; Deputy Majority Leader, Nick Eworo; the Minority Leader, Sule Audu and 10 other members, reports Vanguard.
The lawmakers felt Abonu must have given his authorisation before his son went ahead with the petition moves against them.
20 members had so far signed the notice of impeachment.
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It was gathered that Ikyange, after realising the requisite two-thirds majority, might direct the clerk to serve the deputy governor with the notice.
The House is dominated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with 15 members, while the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 14 and Labour Party has one.
- News 24