Malami Confers Legitimacy on 17–man Opposition Assembly, Urges IGP to Provide Security

By Our Reporter

Recall that in a dramatic move on Thursday, 14 elected members that Obaseki blocked for more than a year from taking their seats, met, along with three others who were part of Obaseki’s 10 to set a new course for the legislatures.

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They impeached Frank Okiye, who had earned speakership with a minority nine other members and appointed a new speaker, Victor Edoror and other officials.

To confer on themselves, they were received by the Edo state commissioner of Police, who had since accorded them the protection of the state.

Now a letter has leaked, in which the Justice Minister and Attorney-general, Abubakar Malami, gave the police the legal authority to protect the legislators.

Malami in the letter, ordered the Inspector General of Police to provide for the 17 Edo All Progressives Congress lawmakers who impeached Okiye and his new deputy.

Malami said the measure was to prevent breakdown of law and order.

He said the directive became necessary following a petition dated August 5 sent to his office by Idahosa-West Chambers

 On Thursday, Obaseki had vowed to resist the take over of the legislature.


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