From Angela Nkwo-Akpolu, Owerri
Tension has enveloped Owerri as the plot to impeach the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere thickened yesterday when the probe panel submitted its report, while lawmakers have cut short their two months recess to speed up the process.
This is even as there was heavy police presence in the vicinity of the State House of Assembly.
The committee headed by the member representing Obowo state constituency, Kennedy Ibe submitted its report which was adopted by the House.
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Marcel Ekwezuo confirmed the development following the barricade mounted by the Police which kept everyone, including lawmakers elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) outside.
Yesterday, armed security men barricaded the entry and exit points of the Assembly complex and the surrounding streets, and barred journalists and visitors from gaining entrance into the complex.
Hotel and business owners within the Assembly area also shut down their business for fear of breakdown of law and order.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon Ugonna Ozurigbo had on Tuesday served an impeachment notice against Madumere, who has fallen out of favour with Governor Rochas Okorocha over a successor.
Meanwhile, the kinsmen to the Deputy Governor have taken to Owerri streets to protest what they described as payment for loyalty.
The protesters carried different placards, all demanding that the state Governor should stop levelling unfounded claims against their son.
The protest culminated at the Assembly complex but they were barred from seeing the Speaker.
Leader of the protesters, Caroline Amadi, told newsmen that the lawmakers were “crucifying the wrong person”.
The former Health commissioner said that Madumere was being persecuted for publicly expressing his 2019 political ambition.
Reacting, Imo State Commissioner of police, Dasuki Galadanchi said he dispatched security operatives to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Galadanchi said, “We received information that there will be possible breakdown of law and order. I had to send police operatives to the place to ensure that things were done normal. It is better to be proactive and not reactive”, the police boss said.