Frank Okiye, the factional speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, has debunked media reports hinting that his security details have been withdrawn.
Mr Okiye, who head a group of lawmakers loyal to Godwin Obaseki, the state governor, was yesterday impeached by another faction of the legislative arm of government.
The embattled top lawmaker had prevented his rival from using the premises of the assembly for sitting. Moments after his impeachment, the aggrieved faction loyal to Osagie Ize-Iyamu, gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), visited the state Commissioner of Police and secured the support of the police boss.
After that development, reports went out that the security details of Okiye has been withdrawn, a sign that he is no longer recognized as the speaker of the assembly.
But Michael Ayemere, the special assistant on media to the embattled speaker, described as lies the report that the security details of his principal have been withdrawn, urging the public to discountenance it.
“Please ignore lies being peddled by the media team of the factional candidate of the APC, that security personnel attached to the EDHA speaker has been withdrawn,” Mr Ayemere said in a Friday statement.
“It is false and a figment of their imaginations,” he added.