- The minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami has intervened in the crisis rocking the Edo House of Assembly
- Malami has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to provide security for the 17 Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers
- The minister of justice gave the orders in a letter dated August 5
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The minister of justice and attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami has intervened in the crisis rocking the Edo House of Assembly.
Malami has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu to provide security for the 17 Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the House.
According to the Nation newspaper, Malami in a letter dated August 5, said the security measure was necessary to prevent the breakdown of law and order.
The minister disclosed that he gave the order following a petition sent to his office by Idahosa-West Chambers.
The letter from the minister of justice requesting police protection for the 17 Edo lawmakers. Photo credits: The Nation newspaper
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Legit.ng recalls that the 17 APC lawmakers were on Thursday denied access to the Edo Assembly complex on Ring Road, Benin.
They subsequently held a sitting at a private residence in the state where they impeached the speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro.
Meanwhile, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has been formally endorsed as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the forthcoming governorship election in Edo state.
The approval was given by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, August 7, when he held a meeting with Ize-Iyamu at the presidential villa.
Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano, who is the chairman of APC campaign council in Edo, and chairman of Progressives Governors' Forum (PGF) Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state were also present at the meeting which looked like a last collective leap to reclaim the south-south state.
In another report, the Edo state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council has reacted to the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo state gubernatorial election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The party in a statement sent to journalists on Friday, August 7 said Buhari's meeting with the APC candidate is ill-advised and a dent on the president's image.
The statement which was signed by the campaign council's spokesman, Chris Osa Nehikhare, noted that the Buhari's administration is known for its spirited fight against corruption, and should not be seen in public with someone standing trial for corrupt acts.
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