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N48m fraud: Lawmakers impeach Cross River Assembly Speaker, Elvert Ayambem

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By John Ekong

The Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly, Hon. Elvert Ayambem, has been impeached by 17 members out of the 25-member House over allegations of misappropriation of funds.

Majority of the lawmakers on Wednesday May 22, 2024, passed a no-confidence vote on Ayambem, about 11 months in office.

 The impeachment motion was moved by Hon. Effiom Ekarika representing Calabar South 1 Constituency and seconded by Hon. Omang Charles Omang representing Bekwarra State Constituency.

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Nigeria News Flight gathered that the lawmakers alleged that the impeached speaker misappropriated N48 million meant for the payment of electricity bills of the assembly complex and quarters.

Ayambem was elected Speaker of the 10th Cross River State House of Assembly in June 2023.

Ayambem represents Ikom 2 State Constituency in the Houses of Assembly.

It was gathered that a rowdy session ensued after Ayambem was impeached.

One of the lawmakers made a dash for the mace, which is the symbol of authority of the speaker.

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