Police seal off Nasarawa state Assembly
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on June 8, 2023
The Nigeria police force has sealed off the Nasarawa House of Assembly Complex in a bid to avert a breakdown of law and order following the emergence of two speakers for the seventh assembly.
Controversies brewed after the immediate past Speaker, Honourable Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, who was seeking a third term as Speaker, and Honourable Daniel Ogazi, a member representing Kokona East constituency in the Assembly, were both elected as speakers in parallel sittings on Tuesday.
While Balarabe-Abdullahi was elected at a sitting that took place at the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ogazi emerged as Speaker from the proceedings at the State Assembly complex.
Thirteen members-elect, including those from the opposition political parties, were believed to have supported Ogazi, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, while 11 members were loyal to Balarabe-Abdullahi, who is also a member of the APC in the state.
However, speaking on why police had to seal off the assembly complex, DSP Ramhan Nansel, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said in a statement released on yesterday that the action was due to a directive by the state Commissioner of Police, Maiyaki Mohammed-Baba.