The controversy rocking the Benue State House of Assembly assumed a new dimension on Monday as some lawmakers served an impeachment notice on Governor Samuel Ortom.
The eight lawmakers who served the impeachment notice on the governor are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The impeached Speaker, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange, who led the APC lawmakers, told journalists that the Assembly has commenced impeachment proceedings against Governor Ortom on allegations of diversion of state funds and abuse of office.
Ikyange added that 15 lawmakers have been suspended for six months.
The 15 suspended lawmakers are part of the 22 members of the Assembly who impeached Mr Ikyange last week.
Ortom defected from the APC to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) five days ago while the plot to oust him is reportedly being coordinated by Terkimbi Ikyange who was removed as Speaker of the assembly last week.
The lawmakers are: Adanyi Benjamin, Terhemba Chabo, Benjamin Nungwa, Bem Mngutyo, Adams Okloho, James Okefe and Nick Eworo.
According to Ortom’s spokesman, Tahav Agerzua, the lawmakers who sat in the state’s Assembly complex on Monday, gained access to the state assembly complex while the police barricaded further access to the house.
It will be recalled that the legislators, on Friday, scaled the fence into the assembly but could not enter the chamber. The 22 who are loyal to the governor then converged on the government house to hold plenary.
At the sitting, a six-week suspension was imposed on Ikyange who was accused of allegedly disparaging the house by mobilising security operatives to the assembly.