Tension in Imo over deputy governor’s impeachment

The impeachment process against Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, has caused tension in the state. A committee was set up by the State House of Assembly to investigate the allegations leveled against him.

The committee submitted its report and was adopted by the House.

This was as protesters blocked the Imo House of Assembly complex, condemning the planned impeachment of the deputy governor. In the same vein, police deployed to the assembly, also barred scores of journalists from covering the sitting.

Speaking to newsmen, Marcel Ekwezuo, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Mr Acho Ihim confirmed this development.

Governor Rochas Okorocha (left) Deputy governor Eze Madumere (right)

Ekwezuo said: “The committee set up to investigate the allegations against the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, has  submitted its report  and it was adopted by the House as a working document.”

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Scores of protesters led by Mrs. Caroline Amadi from Madumere’s council area, Mbaitoli Local Government Area also blocked the gate to the assembly saying: “We are not happy about what is happening in Imo State.

The protesters also claimed the deputy governor’s impeachment is political. They said ‘They have decided to come up with phony allegations to give Madumere a bad name.“We can’t allow this injustice to continue in this state and we are here to say no to this ugly trend in our dear state. The House of Assembly must not allow itself to be used.”

However, the adjoining streets to the state assembly complex were blocked by the police.

From Concord Hotel, there were about four police vehicles stationed on the road, preventing entry into the assembly while the road from the state secretariat was also barricaded among others with scores of armed policemen stationed strategically in and around the assembly complex.

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A mild drama started when some journalists wanted to access the House of Assembly but they were stopped by some top ranking police officers positioned at the entrance of the assembly. The Police officers told the journalists that, “the order is from above. We are not allowing you to go in.”

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