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Kano State House of Assembly Speaker Abdullahi Atta impeached

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Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Abdullahi Atta, has been impeached.

A new Speaker, Alhassan Rurum, has immediately been sworn in.

About 27 lawmakers on Monday morning signed the impeachment notice which was served to the Speaker upon his arrival at the House.

The former Speaker is being accused of incompetence, corruption, and failure to carry other members of the Assembly along.

The Majority Leader of the House has also been impeached and replaced with Bappa Babba, while Kabiru Hassan is the new Deputy Majority Leader and Abdulrahaman Madari is now the Chief Whip.

The crisis in the House comes after the lawmakers had in May 2018, reportedly moved to impeach the Speaker and some principal officers, which led to the sealing of the Assembly by policemen.

The State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, however, intervened to resolve issues in the House.

Ganduje said it was in the interest of peace and democratic development of the state.

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