Lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Benue State House of Assembly on Monday announced the suspension of seven All Progressives Congress, APC, colleagues for contempt of court and for holding illegal plenary.
The PDP lawmakers, who were 19 in number, held their plenary at the old banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, as they had no access to the Assembly complex.
Police officers had stormed the Assembly complex and prevented 22 PDP lawmakers from gaining access to the complex.
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The lawmakers said the plenary by their APC colleagues earlier on Monday is illegal as they have disregarded the restraining order against Terkimbi Ikyange, the former speaker, as well as other principal members.
The PDP lawmakers also called on the international community to intervene in the crisis rocking the Benue State House of Assembly.
This suspension comes few hours after APC lawmakers, during their plenary at the State House of Assembly, moved a motion for the impeachment of Governor Samuel Ortom over alleged diversion of state funds and abuse of office.
The APC lawmakers also suspended 15 members of the House have been suspended for six months.
The 15 suspended lawmakers are part of the 22 lawmakers who impeached Ikyange last week.