By Taiwo Okanlawon
Mr Chiji Collins has been impeached as the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly over allegations of financial impropriety and gross misconduct.
The lawmakers removed the speaker during a plenary at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Owerri, the state capital.
When the motion of the former speaker’s impeachment was moved, it was supported by 19 out of the 27 members of the House.
Collins was impeached over allegations of financial impropriety, high handedness, and gross misconduct, among others.
Following his impeachment, the lawmakers elected Mr Paul Emeziem from Onuimo Local Government Area as the new Speaker of the House.