The Benue State House of Assembly has suspended the impeached Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange, for six months.
He was suspended on Friday by 19 members of the assembly who held plenary at the old banquet hall of the Benue State Government House Makurdi.
The lawmakers moved to the Government House to hold the plenary after being barred from the Assembly complex by the police.
As early as 8:00 am, police vehicles had blocked the main entrance of the state House of Assembly, preventing the 22 lawmakers who impeached Ikyange from gaining access.
The lawmakers then attempted to enter the chamber through another gate behind the assembly complex, but they met another police blockade there.
This led to a heated exchange with a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tajudeen Bakare, who led the operation. Bakare told the lawmakers that the information available to him indicated that there would be a breakdown of law and order.
However, the lawmakers insisted they would sit anywhere in the state as allowed by the Constitution since the police had taken over the assembly.
Ikyange had rejected his impeachment declaring the process illegal and believes the lawmakers are bent on destroying the legislature.
However, the lawmakers told journalists that the impeachment process met all the constitutional requirements. They vowed to carry on with the planned sitting in any part of the state, and eventually, 19 of them moved to the Government House for plenary.