Kogi Assembly Denies Plot To Impeach Deputy Governor

ARC YOMI AWONIYI
ARC YOMI AWONIYI

The leadership of Kogi State House of Assembly has said there is no truth in the report that it has finalized plans to commence impeachment proceedings against the State Deputy Governor, Arc. Yomi Awoniyi.

The Assembly was reacting to a report online that 23 out of the 25-member state legislature had signed an impeachment notice to remove the deputy governor on allegations that he misappropriated N3 billion flood relief funds meant to alleviate the plight of victims of the 2012 flood disaster in the state.

Majority Leader of the Assembly, Yakubu Yunusa, who made this known in a parley with journalists in Lokoja, the state capital weekend, said it has not received any petition against Mr. Awoniyi over alleged misappropriation of flood relief funds to warrant impeachment.

Mr. Yunusa warned the publishers of reports concerning the state assembly on line with the aim of discrediting its activities to desist from such saying that it was fast becoming a recurring event by some persons in the last few days.

Reacting to the report, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kogi State deputy governor, Michael Abu, explained that the state flood account is domiciled in the Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General.

He also clarified the amount received by the state as donations from the federal government, corporate bodies and individuals as N760 million and not N3 billion as alleged just as he noted that the funds received were judiciously utilized.

Mr. Abu, therefore, admonished online reporters to always verify their facts before publishing their stories.

-Daily Trust

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