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IN what appeared to be an emergency seating, the members of the Jigawa State Assembly on Thursday impeached Hon. Isah Idris, speaker of the House.

He was replaced after 20 out of 30 lawmakers present unanimously voted Hon. Idris Garba as the newly elected speaker of the State Assembly.

On 7th May, the lawmakers broke the mace, a symbol of authority positioned in the state assembly over leadership battle. This occurred during a proposed motion calling for change of a standing rule forbidding whoever principal officer, previously impeached to re-contest for any position in the House.

According to report, the current speaker, Garba had similar impeachment experience when he was sacked as speaker in 2017 by the state assembly lawmakers.

Alkasim Karkarna, a lawmaker representing Yankwashi Constituency, was alleged to have broken the mace.

However, he is not the first lawmaker to experience impeachment in the country. In November last year, Speaker of the Anambra State Assembly, Rita Maduagwu was impeached by the same quorum of 20 from 30 state lawmakers.

In the same November, Ondo State Speaker of the State Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oloyelogun and his deputy, Mr Iroju Ogundeji were both impeached by the House.

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Mr Peter Azi, former speaker of Plateau State Assembly was removed in July last year and replaced with Joshua Madaki, Chief Whip of the House.

Also, five days to the end of the tenure of former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, speaker of the State Assembly Kola Oluwawole, and his Deputy, Shina Animasaun were sacked.

In July last year, the Benue State Assembly suspended its speaker, deputy speaker and majority leader, Terkibir Ikyange, Mrs James Okefe, Benjamin Adanyi for alleged abuse of office.

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