Police shut Nasarawa assembly

The police have shut the Nasarawa house of assembly complex after two members emerged as speakers at different proceedings meant to herald the newly inaugurated 7th seventh state legislature.

The two lawmakers are Ibrahim Abdullahi, who is the incumbent speaker, and Daniel Ogazi, a member representing Kokona east constituency.

Eleven out of the 24 assembly members elected Abdullahi during a proceeding held at the ministry for local government.

Abdullahi explained that the deputy speaker, clerk and other management staff of the assembly attended his swearing in ceremony.

“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,” he said.

On his own part, Ogazi emerged the speaker with the votes of the remaining 13 members who sat inside the state assembly complex. The announcement by acting clerk of the house, Ibrahim Musa, of a postponement of the inauguration of the assembly showed the signs of a crack among the legislators-elect.

In an official reaction, Ramhan Nansel, the state police public relations officer (PPRO), cited security concerns. He added the police took the action to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

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