Impeached Edo Dep. Speaker refuses to return cars

Impeached Deputy Speaker in the Edo State House of Assembly, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, has held on to the cars, which the House directed her to return to new principal officers. She claimed that the cars were gifts from former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

The member representing Igueben constituency, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, and Ativie were on Monday impeached by 19 out of the 24 members of the House.

The former Majority Leader, Mr. Foly Ogedengbe, was also removed after being accused of gross misconduct, incompetence and greed.

After taking over, the new Speaker, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. James Omoataman, to retrieve the vehicles and other official items with the impeached principal officers before the close of work on Tuesday.

The clerk in a letter of reminder to Ativie, dated August 16, 2017, directed Ativie to return the official vehicles and hand over the keys to him.

But Ativie, claimed the vehicles, which includes a 2016 Lexus jeep, one Prado jeep and two Hilux vans, were officially given to her for personal use by Oshiomhole.

Ativie through her lawyer said in a letter dated August 16 and signed by her lawyer, Mr. Olayiwola Afolabi, and addressed to the clerk of the House, “After the vehicles were given, our client went to the licence office with the said letter and registered the vehicles in her name. In the exercise of her bona fide right of ownership, our client has sold one of the vehicles (Lexus jeep, 2016 model).”

The lawmaker stated that Oshiomhole had in a letter he personally signed on June 19, 2016, given the vehicles to her in acknowledgement of the sacrifices she was expected to make for the peace, security and well-being of the state.

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