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Impeachment: Enugu Speaker Odoh Alleges Plot By Police, Chime, To Arrest, Poison Him

From Ignatius Okpara, Enugu – The lingering rift between Governor Sullivan Chime and 15 members oa the Enugu state House of Assembly has worsened, as the Speaker, Eugene Odoh, on Thursday raised the alarm over alleged grand conspiracy by the governor and police to arrest and poison him in the cell.

African Examiner reliably learnt that the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Adamu Mohammed, has invited the embattled Speaker for interrogation on matters relating to recent impeachment charges levelled against Governor Chime by the fifteen lawmakers, led by Odoh.

Speaking with newsmen in Enugu,the Speaker, said that the Assistant Commissioner of Police, who invited him via telephone call told him that he was invited to explain one of the allegations in the impeachment notice accusing Governor Chime of forging the 2012 supplementary budget.

Odoh wondered why the police is interfering in the house legislative mandate even when the house has obtained a court injunction against police obstruction of the proceedings of the house.

Odoh, said he does not intend to honour the police invitation, alleging that both the police and Governor Chime have connived to “detain and poison him” in police cell.

He, however, urged the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to intervene in the lingering political feud and also call the Enugu Commissioner of police, Adamu Mohammed to order.

“The commissioner of police is yet to obey the court order instead he has invited me on account of petition allegedly written by the Governor.

“I want to state categorically clear that the issue of impeachment is a legislative matter and ought not to be taken over by the police. My personal life and my family is now in the hands of the Governor and the police. I suspect we may be detained and poisoned in Enugu state

police command” he alleged.

“We expect response to the impeachment notice from whom it was served and not for police to come and take over the functions of the house of assembly.

“Its an abuse of court process, the police is descending on the arena of conflict between the executive and the legislature and we urge the police to restrict themselves to the very function they are assigned to and not to take over the job of the house”.

Odoh insisted that he remains the authentic speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly that attended the just concluded conference speakers of state houses of assembly in Abuja, where the situation in Enugu state was condemned by a resolution of the body.

He however, described the factional Speaker, Hon. Chinedu Nwamba as “Governor’s Speaker” who now leaves in Enugu State government house.


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