On Saturday, May 16, 2015 the keys to the Enugu State House of Assembly were discovered to be missing due to the fact that it has been under locks ever since the impeachment notice by 14 lawmakers of the house was served to Governor Sullivan Chime on Saturday, May 2, 2015.
The Enugu State Police Command denied locking up the the State House of assembly Complex.
The State House was in a state of pandemonium over the ousting of the Speaker, Eugene Odoh by seven lawmakers and declaration of Chinedu Nwamba as his replacement.
Both Nwamba and Odoh are still parading themselves as the Speaker of the state house but unfortunately none of them has had the opportunity of holding any plenary in the House since Friday, May 1, 2015.
Further more, Eugene Odoh had applied for an ex-parte order which was granted by an Enugu Federal High Court, ordering the police to reopen the State House of assembly complex in order to enable lawmakers gain access to the chamber, so as to carry out their mandated duties.
A team of riot quelling policemen are still hovering around the entrance gate of the locked building despite the court order.
This development prompted the court to threaten to imprison the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, who happens to be a defendant in the suit filed by the embattled Speaker, Eugene Odoh.
Be it as it may, the police has vehemently denied locking or having the keys to the padlock holding the State House complex gates.
This was confirmed by Ebere Amaraizu, the spokesperson for the Enugu State Police Command in an interview with newsmen.
He disclosed that the riot police force was only positioned before the gate to prevent chaos.
“We are not in possession of the keys, we are not the lawmakers, neither are we the sergeant-at-arms of the House of assembly” Amaraizu said.