Police Shutdown Nasarawa Assembly Over Speakership Tussle

The police has cordoned off the Nasarawa House of Assembly complex following the election of two speakers for the 7th assembly.

According to the state police public relations officer, Ramhan Nansel, the directive was issued by the commissioner of police, Maiyaki Mohammed-Baba after consultation with other security agencies in the state.

Nansel said the move was taken to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

The members-elect on Tuesday held two parallel proceedings resulting in the election of different speakers for the assembly.

The elections produced Ibrahim Abdullahi, the incumbent speaker, and Daniel Ogazi, member representing Kokona east constituency as speakers.

Abdullahi was elected at a sitting that took place at the Ministry for local government and chieftaincy affairs by 11 out of the 24 members-elect, while Ogazi was elected by 13 members at plenary at the state assembly complex.

Reports say the inauguration of the 7th assembly, which was earlier slated for Tuesday, was postponed by Ibrahim Musa, acting clerk of the assembly who cited security reasons.

Abdullahi in his reaction to the development said his re-election followed due process and constitutional provisions.

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Abdullahi stated this while inspecting the level of damage done to facilities at the assembly complex following the leadership tussle.

He said, “During my swearing in and that of the deputy speaker, Hon. Jacob Kudu, the clerk of the house was seated, the deputy clerk, sergeant-at-arm and his deputy as well as management staff were all present.

“But sadly, very sadly, some people went into the hallowed chamber under the leadership of a grade level 8 officer to administer oath of allegiance and oath of office.

“As far as I am concerned, they are not inaugurated and they remain members-elect of the state house of assembly as their inauguration was illegal because it did not follow due process.”

He said any inauguration other than the one conducted by the clerk of the house is invalid. The speaker urged the people to discard any suspension given by the Daniel Ogazi-led camp as invalid “because the group acted unlawfully”.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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