Enugu Assembly suspends member for unguarded utterance

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ENUGU – Enugu State House of Assembly has suspended Mr Johnbull Nwagu, representing Udi Constituency for two months for making an unguarded utterance against assembly.

, Mr Eugene Odo, gave ruling following an allegation that Nwagu had made an unguarded utterance against assembly.

Odo also set up a three-man committee to investigate the issue and report its findings to the assembly within one week.

Introducing the motion for suspension Tuesday during plenary, the of the assembly, Mr Sunday Ude-Okoye, alleged that Nwagu had, in an altercation with colleague, Mr Iloabuchi Aniagu (PDP-Nkanu-West), threatened that the assembly would not receive its over-head cost subvention for three months.

According to the , Nwagu is also the , Committee Finance and Appropriation, had said that because of the assembly’s failure to approve the N11 loan being demanded by Gov. Sullivan Chime, its allocation would be withheld.

Seconding the motion, Mr Paul Ogbe (PDP-Enugu South Urban), called for Nwagu’s suspension for failure to perform functions as the assembly Finance and Appropriation.

Supporting the motion, Mr Illoabuchi Aniagu, (PDP-Nkanu West), corroborated what the had said, adding that Nwagu had told him on Friday that for not passing the resolution on the said loan, the would not receive the allowance for three months.

In his contribution ,Mr Edward Ubosi (PDP-Enugu East Urban) called for the removal of Nwagu as the  of the committee instead of outright suspension from legislative process.

Ubosi’s views were shared by Mr Chinedu Nwamba (PDP-Nsukka East), opined that what Nwagu said was wrong, but appealed to the lawmakers to tamper justice with mercy for peace to reign.

The representing Igboeze 1, Chief Michael Onyeze, also supported the suspension motion, siad that it would serve as a deterrent to others and for to learn not to drag the image of the assembly to the mud.

“If he is suspended and he shows reasonable remorse, we will recall him. We are honourable . This House has powers and it should be exercised on him,’’ he said.

In his contribution, the Deputy , Mr Chime Oji (PDP-Enugu ), said that the utterance amounted to making a mockery of the lawmakers.
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Oji stressed that nobody or group could be greater “this institution” but said that matter should have been an internal business during the executive session and not to be debated at plenary session.

In his defence, Nwagu said that Aniagu might have misunderstood or misinterpreted the communication between them as he had shown brotherly love to all the lawmakers. (NAN)

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