The Kogi House of Assembly has lifted the suspension of eight of the nine MPs on suspicion of involvement in terrorism and election violence during the March 18 assembly elections.

The eight MPs are Danian Rani (Basa), Mukhtar Baje (Okehi), Olusola Olumo (Izumu), Akande Musa (Ogori/Magongo) and Lawi Ahmed (Oken 1).

The others are Atule Egunu (Ibaji), Sulaiman Musa (Idah) and Adronke Aro (Yagba West).

Lawmakers were recalled during Wednesday’s plenary after Governor Yahya Bello wrote a letter to the House requesting their approval against the backdrop of a report by the State Security Service, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports I went.

The House, through a voice vote conducted by Speaker Matthew Kolawole, unanimously cleared the eight MPs and two council chairmen who were also suspected of having committed the crime.

They were alleged to have violated the conduct of the March 18 assembly elections in the state and were labeled terrorists by the governor.

But the report of an ad hoc committee chaired by Deputy Speaker, Alpha Momoh-Rabiu, cleared eight MPs except for Bello Abdullah of Ajokuta constituency.

However, no reason was given for Mr Abdullah’s non-acceptance.

The two council chairmen who have been cleared of the charges are Moses Tolorunleke of Kabba/Bunu and William Ekuwojo of Ibaji LGA.

Meanwhile, the meeting of the House has been adjourned till Thursday.


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