Nasarawa Assembly Shut After Youths Protest

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has been shut following a violent protest that erupted Tuesday.

Speaker of the Assembly, Musa Mohammed who addressed journalists at a news conference said no further sitting would be held until the security of the lawmakers is guaranteed.

It was gathered that youths in their numbers stormed the Assembly complex, throwing stones and other items at the lawmakers after a session with the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura.

The youths alleged that the legislators were disturbing and harassing the governor for political reasons and asked the law makers to allow him a free hand in ruling the state.

Confusion reigned at the assembly complex as lawmakers took to their heels to escape the wrath of the youths who saw the invitation of the governor as part of a process of intimidating the governor.

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The lawmakers had summoned the governor to explain his non-compliance and implementation of resolutions previously passed by the House.

Four items were slated to be addressed by Al Makura but only two could be dealt with before 6.00 pm when the rules of the House bars reaching resolutions on issue.

One of the resolutions Al Makura had failed deal with concerned the state university. The House had passed a resolution asking the governor to reinstate the management of the university under the leadership of Shamsudeen Amali which was sacked in February this year.

Another issue is the refusal of Al-Makura to recall all staff of the state owned transport agency,Nasarawa Express and that of the state owned newspaper company.

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The lawmakers had also ordered that the immediate accounts of the state owned transport agency be frozen until the governor appears before them.

There was also the issue of the governor failing to sign into law some bills passed by the House.

Acting on Section 100, sub-section 4-5 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, the House majority vote overrode the governor with a two thirds majority and assented to two bill s- a bill to regulate the activities of the state traditional rulers and a bill to establish the state rehabilitation board.

The bills were earlier passed by the legislators but were not assented by the governor months after they were passed.

Also angered by the comment of the governor’s Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs, HajaraDanyaro, alleging that the lawmakers were given N300 million as leave grant, the lawmakers ordered that the governor’s aid should equally appear before the House to prove her claim.

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Two days ago, the Nasarawa state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, alleged a planned attack on the state lawmakers for summoning the governor.

In a statement signed by the state chairman of the party, Yunana Iliya, the party said that members of the state ruling party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, had hired thugs to attack the assembly members and urged security operatives in the state to provide them with adequate security.

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