Kogi Assembly Reverses Suspension Of 8 Members

By: Kemi Jonah, Lokoja

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Kogi state parliament has lifted the suspension placed on eight out of nine lawmakers who were accused of terrorism and electoral violence during the last elections in the state.

The eight lawmakers include: Daniyan Ranyi,(Bassa) , Muktar Baje, Olusola Kilani Olumo (Ijumu), Akande Moses (Ogori/ Magongo) Lawi Muhammed Ahmed ( Okene 1), Atule Egunu (Ibaji), Suleiman Autajachi Musa (Idah) and Aderonke Aro ( Yagba West).

Two council chairmen were also called back and cleared of all allegations. They are Moses Tolorunleke of Kabba/ Bunu and William Ekuwojo of Ibaji.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole through a voice note unanimously cleared the eight lawmakers, two council chairmen of the suspected crimes. ‘’the house lifts the suspension on Ogori Magongo Chairman Goke Oparison Iyagba West chairman Pius Kolawole and Bassa Local government chairman……’’ he declared.

The speaker acted after he had read a letter from Governor Yahaya Bello requesting for their immediate clearance against the backdrop of a report from the Department of State Security Service.

Similarly, the deputy speaker who doubled as the chairman of adhoc committee investigating the alleged crimes Alfa Momoh Rabiu also presented its report before the house clearing the eight lawmakers except Hon. Bello Abdullah of Ajaokuta.

The House sitting on the 25th May, has screened and confirmed the reappointment of Commissioners: Ashiru Idris and Barrister Salami Ozigi as well as the Accountant General who were candidates of the governorship primary election.

It is worthy to note that the Kogi State 7th assembly will be having its valedictory service on June 5, paving way for new legislators.


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