The House of Representatives has taken over the functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly over the lingering crisis that has swept the assembly since the advent of Governor Yaya Bello.
The House said its action was in line with the provision of Section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution, which says the National Assembly could take over the functions of any state assembly that is enmeshed in crisis. The House also asked the Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase to immediately seal off the Kogi assembly since the House has taken over its functions.
Five members of the Kogi assembly purportedly impeached the speaker Momoh Jimoh Lawal and elected Umar Imam as new speaker.
The House passed a resolution a fortnight ago setting up an ad-hoc committee to visit the state assembly with a view to resolving the matter.
Although the five lawmakers shunned the Reps panel, the committee submitted its report last week, which was considered at plenary today.
The decision of the House of Representatives will take effect as soon as the Senate agrees.