Niger State Assembly sacks newly elected Speaker

The Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Isah Kawu, has been impeached today following a vote of no confidence by majority of assembly members.

This comes barely a week after he was controversially elected by his colleagues to replace Mohammed Gammunu.

Kawu’s impeachment was supported by 21 members of the assembly while 3 members voted against it.

He was removed through a motion moved by Andrew Doma representing Shiroro and supported by Abass Wazire representing Magama.

It will be recalled that Gammunu was impeached last Tuesday for incompetence after a motion was moved by Bashir Loko Goma, representing Wushishi under matters of urgent public importance.

It will also be recalled that Gammunu had on Monday reportedly dragged Kawu and 19 others before a Minna High Court, seeking to restrain the new speaker from performing the duties of the office pending the determination of the case.

Meanwhile, before Tuesday’s impeachment, civil servants in the state had marched on the assembly complex, demanding Kawu’s removal.