JUST IN: Benue Assembly suspends four members, gives reason

The Benue State House of Assembly has suspended have slammed four members with suspension for three months.

The suspension comes following their alleged interference, causing disruptions in the smooth functioning of legislative affairs on Monday.

The suspended members include Honourable Solomon Gyila, representing Gwer West State Constituency; Honorable Douglass Akya, member representing Makurdi South; Rt Honorable Dyako Ashwa, Member representing Konshisha State Constituency; and Honorable Anthony Agom of Okpokwu State Constituency.

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The motion for their suspension was moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Honourable Saater Tiseer.

The motion was seconded by Honourable Peter Ipusu of Katsina-Alaa West State Constituency.

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Also during Monday’s session, the House confirmed 21 nominees for local government caretaker committees. However, two nominees from Agatu and Oju Local Government Areas faced rejection.

The rejection motion was initiated by Majority Leader Saater Tiseer and seconded by Peter Ipusu of Katsina-Alaa West State Constituency.

Speaker Aondona Dajo then put the confirmation of the 21 nominees to a voice vote. The House subsequently adjourned its session until Tuesday for further legislative proceedings.

Meanwhile, despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the appointment of caretaker committees by Benue State Governor Hyacinth Alia, the state assembly has proceeded to confirm the nominees.

This confirmation decision comes in the face of the Senate’s recent call on the Federal Government to withhold statutory allocations to local councils that are not democratically elected nationwide.

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The Senate’s resolution, prompted by Senator Abba Moro’s motion titled “Urgent Need to Halt the Erosion of Democracy and Dissolution of Elected Councils in Benue State” during Friday’s plenary, emphasized that replacing elected councils with caretaker committees goes against the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Senator Moro urged the Governor of Benue State to reconsider the councils’ dissolution, the caretaker committees’ formation, and the reinstatement of elected officials.

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