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31 Mar 2016

Police Seal Off Kogi Assembly

Kogi House of Assembly complex was on Wednesday finally sealed off by security agents on the orders of the National Assembly following the unresolved leadership crisis in the house.
The main entrance to the assembly complex was blocked by heavily armed policemen on Wednesday morning barring members who were billed to conduct ministerial budget defence from accessing the complex.
The road leading to the complex was also barricaded by armed policemen who subjected staff of the assembly to scrutiny and only allowed them in upon confirmation of their employment status through their identity cards.
One of the security agents at the gate who preferred anonymity told LEADERSHIP that they were acting on the order of the commissioner of police following a directive from the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Hon Aliyu Akuh, deputy to the embattled speaker Momoh-Jimoh Lawal said the crisis remained unresolved as earlier directive to return to status quo ante by the House of Representatives was ignored by the five members.
He said it was an aberration for five out of the then 20 members of the assembly to impeach the speaker on whom the remaining 15 members had passed a vote of confidence in his leadership.
Akuh said that the 15 members considered the action of the minority five members as an infringement on the constitution of the country  and an  affront on democratic tenets worldwideadding that in a good democratic setting such infringements must be challenged.
However, the Speaker, Alhaji Umar Imam described the seal-off as illegal saying that for the National Assembly to have gone ahead to seal-off the assembly in spite of the fact that the matter was in court smacked of illegality.
“What happened with five members seeking to impeach a speaker in a house of 20 members is an aberration, unheard of and more so that some members’ names and signatures were forged and included as being part of them.
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