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Mobile policemen, DSS, take over Benue House of Assembly complex over impeachment threat

Over 100 security operatives including men of the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Serveice (DSS) have taken over  the Benue State House of Assembly complex in Makurdi, Benue State.

The armed men security are stationed at strategic locations on the road and around the complex.

The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told journalists the move was just a preemptive measure to forestall break down of law and order.

The development followed the purported attempt to impeach the Speaker of the House, Hon. Terkimbir Ikyange, following the emergence of new political alignment in the state.

There are unconfirmed reports of rift between Governor Samuel Ortom and a former governor and APC chieftain, George Akume, over the 2019 governorship election in the state.

On Monday, Governor Ortom sacked 12 commissioners and 12 special advisers, a move seen to be related to the rift with Akume. The sacked officials were said to have shifted loyalty to Akume.

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

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

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