Security operatives yesterday took over the Imo State House of Assembly as hundreds of youth protested the planned impeachment of the state Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere.
The youths, mainly from the deputy governor’s constituency, Mbaitoli, had gathered in the premises of the assembly just as the lawmakers converged to continue the proceedings of impeaching the deputy governor.
The protesters barricaded the road to the house chanting slogans and decrying what they termed “unwarranted and illegal plot to impeach Madumere.”
The protesters said the allegations levelled against the deputy governor were false and urged the lawmakers to reverse their decision for peace to reign in the state.
Meanwhile, Chief Madumere has denied all the allegations levelled against him.
In a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Uche Onwuchekwa, the deputy governor said he had been performing his constitutional role as the member of the boundary commission while he was denied any official assignment by Governor Rochas Okorocha.
He alleged that Okorocha had stripped him of all official assignments and that he could not force himself on the governor.
In a related development, the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, has directed the Chief Judge, Justice Pascal Nnadi, to set up 7-man panel to investigate the allegations levelled against the deputy governor.