Niger Assembly sealed-up to forestall Governor, Speaker’s impeachment

By Jide Orintunsin on May, 5 2015

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Security agents on Tuesday sealed up Niger State House of Assembly in Minna to forstall attempt by legislators from impeaching both the state governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and the Speaker, Hon. Adamu Usman.

The law makers are reportedly poised to sack the governor and the Speaker for series of allegations ranging non-implementation of house resolutions, staff and members welfare and non-release of the statutory allocation to the assembly for months.

Armed Policemen, agents from the Department of State Security Service and Civil Defence took over the assembly as early as 7am blocking all assess to the assembly complex.

The seal up also caused heavy traffic grid along the ever busy Minna-Suleja express road as a stretch of the road was totally cordoned off thereby caused to hold up affecting traffic from the eastern bye-pass, western bye-pass and Paiko road.

The armed men barricaded members and staff from entering the complex. The Clerk of the House, Mohammed Kagara who arrived office at about 7:30am was blocked.

Kagara in a telephone chat said he was shocked by the development. “The way you are seeing the presence of the Police in the assembly is the same way I have seen it. I was not allowed entrance to the complex,” the Clerk stated.

When contacted the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Amore said Police were on ground to forstall breakdown of law and order.

At about 9:45 am a group lawmakers led by Hon. Yusuf Kure and 12 others had a mild drama with Policemen as they were prevented from entering the complex.

An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr. Aaron Sunday politely told the members that he was directed to provide security for the house and that he cannot recognise the lawmakers, hence the closure of the gate.

But this did not go down well with the lawmakers as they insisted that they must enter the assembly to carry out their constitutional duties.

The Policemen later allowed the lawmakers after a heated verbal face-off that lasted for over five minutes.


Source: The Nation


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