Nigeria State lawmaker has been suspended for sleeping too much during plenary.

Nigeria State lawmaker has been suspended for sleeping too much during plenary.
Nigeria State lawmaker has been suspended for sleeping too much during plenary.

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has suspended a member, Sunday Akinniyi (Ikere constituency II), for “sleeping too much” during legislative sessions.

A statement signed and released by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Samuel Omotoso, in Ado-Ekiti yesterday June 13th, said the House suspended Akinniyi  who is representing Ikere Constituency 2 over series of allegations levelled against him, chief among which is his sleeping habit. Omotosho said that the decision followed a thorough investigation carried out by Ayodele Fajemilehin-led committee of the Assembly.

Amongst the allegations leveled against the sleeping lawmaker include “breeding terrorism and violence towards the mace in a properly constituted plenary session, belligerence attitude and acts of bellicosity against his colleagues and pugnacious behaviours in his constituency against his own people, all amounting to gross misconduct and unbecoming of any honourable member of this House.

“The suspended honourable member was also regularly absenting himself, especially when issues relating to his constituency is slated for discussion. Despite complaints of negligence from his people, he remained adamant. The few occasions he presented himself for official duties in the House, Akinniyi is in the habit of sleeping from the beginning of any programme to the end to the extent that he was nicknamed ‘the sleeping honourable. Several attempts by the Speaker advising him to pay attention to his people and his health has been rebuffed with insults. It is in reference to all these that this House viewed the failure of Akinniyi as incompatible with the spirit of good governance and quality representation of the present House of Assembly and he is hereby suspended indefinitely,” he said.

He also advised that while on suspension, Akinniyi should pay more attention to his health and use the period of his suspension to come out of his embarrassing sleeping syndrome by sleeping at home rather than chasing shadows.

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