Police, DSS take over Benue Assembly over plot to impeach Speaker

Gov. Samuel Otorm of Benue State

Over 100 security personnel were on Tuesday deployed to the road leading to Benue State House of Assembly complex in Makurdi, the state capital.

The Nation reports that the Benue State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, personally took charge of security arrangement at the Assembly complex, saying the move was taken to prevent a break down of law and order.

The appearance of the police according to The Nation,  followed the purported attempt to impeach the Speaker of the House, Mr. Terkimbir Ikyange, over the emergence of new political alignment in the state.

There were also unconfirmed reports of rift between Governor Samuel Ortom and the leader of the All Progressive Party (APC) in Benue, George Akume, over the 2019 governorship election in the state.

Some mobile policemen and Department of State Service (DSS) operatives were seen at strategic locations around the Assembly complex.

Staff of the Assembly who reported late for work were also turned back by the security agents.

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