The police have taken over the Edo state House of Assembly complex, few hours after the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yekini Idiaye was impeached by the state lawmakers.
The police said the action was taken to forestall possible attack on the facility.
However, the government has faulted the claim of the Police, stressing that the armed officers were drafted into the state with the sole aim of allowing the loyalists of the opposition party, All Progressives Congress to take over the Assembly complex.
Idiaye was impeached on Wednesday during a plenary session of the Assembly in Benin City.
The lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo Constituency I and two other members of the Assembly on Monday pledged their support to the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Those who joined Idiaye are Hon. Emmanuel Agbaje, Akoko-Edo Constituency II and Hon. Nosayaba Okunbor, Orhiomwon East Constituency;
They all pledged their support during a solidarity visit to the private residence of Pastor Ize-Iyamu in Benin.
Meanwhile the state lawmakers elected Hon. Roland Asoro, the member representing Orhionmwon II Constituency as the Deputy Speaker.