Leadership tussle: Police seal off Kogi Assembly

TVC E, POLITICS - The Kogi State command of the Nigeria Police on Wednesday sealed off the Kogi state House of Assembly following the directive by the National Assembly. According to eyewitness, the development took the workers of the state assembly by surprise apparently because of initial inaction of the police to effect the Senate order for Inspector General to shut the assemble over the lingering crisis that has grounded legislative work in the state. Meanwhile, an assembly worker who spoke under the condition of anonymity confirmed the development to TVC NEWS, saying, “They (the police) came sometime after 10 o’clock this morning (Wednesday)”. But another source debunked the shutting of the assembly by the police, saying that the issue was “resolved”. The source who pleaded anonymity said workers were in their offices as at the time the Police came.  “Yes, they have resolved it. The police came but they spoke over the matter and...

Kogi lawmakers seek Dogara’s intervention

[caption id="attachment_10761" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hon. Momoh Lawal[/caption] TVC E, POLITICS - A "Save our Soul" appeal has been sent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, by the aggrieved members of the Kogi State House of Assembly following the political turmoil rocking the State Assembly. The impeached Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Momoh Lawal and 14 members of the House made the appeal Wednesday in a petition to Dogara, where they called for an investigation into the impeachment of a Speaker by five lawmakers. The lawmakers alleged that their signatures were forged to execute the impeachment plan. Five lawmakers had announced the removal of the principal officers of the House while announcing Umar Imam as the New Speaker on 16th February 2016. The petition reads: “In furtherance of their act of impunity, illegality and desperation, the purported Speaker was sworn in the office of the Deputy governor contrary to...

Kogi inaugurates Achuba as Bello’s deputy, bars newsmen

[caption id="attachment_9924" align="alignleft" width="262"] Simeon Achuba[/caption] The Kogi State House of Assembly has approved the nomination of a former Deputy Speaker of the State House of assembly, Mr Simeon Achuba, as the state’s deputy governor. The approval was immediately followed by Achuba’s swearing-in behind closed doors as journalists were barred from the Banquet Hall of the Government House, the venue of the inauguration in Lokoja on Tuesday. The newsmen, who had rushed from the State House of Assembly, where the deputy governor was screened, were denied access to the hall by the security personnel, who claimed they were acting on instruction not to allow journalists in. They stated that the inauguration was not meant to be a public function and warned the journalists to leave the venue....