The Imo State House of Assembly has been impeached the Speaker, Chiji Collins.
Collins was impeached by the lawmakers on Friday during a plenary at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Owerri, the state capital.
He was impeached over allegations of financial impropriety, high handedness, and gross misconduct, among others.
The lawmakers immediately elected Paul Emeziem, member representing Onuimo Local Government Area as the new Speaker of the House.
Reasons for the impeachment of Hon. Chiji Collins are yet to be disclosed.
Recall that in a related case, an ex-lawmaker who represented Ehime-Mbano State Constituency in Imo State House of Assembly, Lawman Duruji challenged Hon. Collins, months ago to make public his qualifications to justify his educational claims.
Lawman, alleged that the speaker parades a forged certificate hence, should be shown the way out and arraigned for forgery of his certificate.
He denied being sponsored to challenge the authenticity of the speaker’s certificate, insisting that he will stop at nothing in exposing the truth to the general public.
The ex-lawmaker claimed that the speaker’s acclaimed Ph.D. was fake and the NYSC exemption certificate forged.
According to him, Chiji Collins claimed to have graduated with his first degree in 1981 when he was 24 years of age, an age he said was under average to be entitled to an exemption.
Similarly, he alleged the speaker has failed on several occasions to honour NYSC invitation to Abuja with the clerk of the House.
Duruji further accused the speaker of lobbying with the Adhoc committee set up by the Assembly to investigate his certificate status, to drop the matter in order to save his head.
But, Hon. Collins described the ex-lawmaker as a confused man who lost his second term bid at the Appeal Court and is looking for where to transfer his aggression, and challenged his accusers to go to court and present facts rather than using the media to attack.