As two House of Assemblies emerge in Edo State, Nigeria, there has been a call on Governor Godwin Obaseki, the Commissioner of Police and the Department of State Security Services (DSS) and other relevant security agencies to urgently arrest and prosecute the lawmakers who have constituted themselves into another assembly for forgery, impersonation and treason.
The call for their arrest and prosecution was sequel to a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance by the leader of one of the House of Assembly Hon.Henry Okhuarobo representing Ikpoba-Okha Constituency.
The motion was seconded by the Deputy Speaker, Hon.Roland Asoro, member representing Orhionmwon South. Moving the motion, Hon.Okhuarobo said the house was inundated with the constitution of another assembly by members whose seats have been declared vacant . Hon.Okhuarobo noted that the only assembly recognized by law was the one led by the speaker Francis Okiye.
“These members sitting in a private residence and forging Mr speaker’s letterhead amount to forgery, impersonation and treason. so I am calling on the governor, the commissioner of police and the DSS to urgently arrest and prosecute these members because we cannot have two assemblies in one government,” he said.
Hon.Marcus Onobun, the chief whip of the house and member representing Esan West said “Edo is not a banana republic where people can arrogate power to themselves without recourse to constituted authority .This assembly was duly constituted on June 17 2019 and their seats have been declared vacant following refusal to present themselves for inauguration,” he said.
According to him, they need to be arrested and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others. We cannot have a government inside a government. Other lawmakers spoke in favour of the motion and called on president Muhammadu Buhari to act in accordance with the law.
The Speaker, Rt.Hon.Francis Okiye in his submission said the 1999 constitution as amended does not recognize a government inside a government. Also at plenary, the house passed a bill to enact the Edo State public procurement law 2020 and a bill for a law for operation of lotteries, Loto and online sports betting in Edo state.