The police have taken over the Edo State House of Assembly complex, barely 24 hours after the former deputy speaker of the assembly was impeached.
A Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Ayoola Ajala led a detachment of officers to the assembly complex on Thursday.
Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were also deployed to the complex.
It was learnt that the police took the action to forestall any attack on the assembly.
Idiaye alongside four other lawmakers had on Monday endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The former deputy speaker had said the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki did nothing in his village.
“I am from Somorika, in Akoko Edo local government area and my village is the most backward in Akoko Edo,” Idiaye had said when he led his colleagues to the Benin residence of Ize-Iyamu on Monday.
But the House impeached Idiaye on Wednesday over alleged gross misconduct.
According to reports, Idiaye was removed by seven pro-Obaseki lawmakers in Government House, Benin City.
The pro-Obaseki lawmakers had been sitting in the Government House for over a month following the alleged fumigation of the assembly complex over COVID-19 scare.
It was learnt that 17 of the 24-member Assembly are now backing Ize-Iyamu from the initial 14.
It was also gathered that the police took over the assembly complex after reports emanated that the 17 lawmakers loyal to Ize-Iyamu are planning to storm the House to impeach Obaseki.