Reporter: CHINAZO ILECHUKWU
The Imo State House of Assembly has suspended six lawmakers over alleged unparliamentary conduct.
The affected lawmakers are Chief Uche Ogbuagu representing Ikeduru constituency, Mr. Kennedy Ibe of Obowo, Mr. Dominic Ezerioha of Oru west, Mr. Philip Ejiogu from Owerri North, Mr. Nwosu Anyadike of Ezinihitte mbaise and Mr. Onyemaechi Njoku representing Ihitteuboma constituency.
The Speaker of the House, Chief Paul Emeziem announced the suspension during a plenary on on Thursday.
According to the Speaker, the decision was taken at the executive session of the House.
He alleged that the six lawmakers were engaged in conduct capable of bringing the parliament to disrepute.
The Speaker also announced the removal of Chief Arthur Egwim representing Ideato North constituency as the Chief Whip of the House and announced Mr. Obinna Okwara representing Nkwerre constituency as the new Chief Whip of the House.
He also dissolved all the standing committees of the House.
Meanwhile the affected lawmakers have described their suspension as illegal and undemocratic and vowed to continue to attend plenaries.
Four of the six suspended lawmakers are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state while the remaining two are of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Radio Nigeria observed that the House later witnessed a rowdy session which resulted in sporadic shootings and whisking away of the Speaker by his security aides.