The speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Paul Emeziem, has been impeached on Monday.

Emeziem was removed following a petition signed by 19 out of the 27 lawmakers in the state.

The petition accused him of gross misconduct and abuse of office. It was read, adopted on the floor of the house, and signed by the lawmakers.

Following the removal of Emeziem, Kennedy Ibeh, member representing Obowo constituency, was sworn in immediately as the new speaker.

The assembly staff, other lawmakers, and their aides were reportedly barred from gaining access into the assembly complex.

Amara Iwuanyanwu, deputy speaker of the house, was removed from his position last Tuesday after Ekene Nnodim, lawmaker representing Orlu state constituency, presented a petition against him.

The petition was signed by 18 out of the 27 lawmakers of the Imo assembly.

However, the suspension of the deputy speaker had reportedly caused a disagreement among the lawmakers.