Police seal Nasarawa Assembly Complex as leadership crisis deepens


The police sealed off the Nasarawa House of Assembly Complex on Wednesday in a bid to avert a breakdown of law and order following the emergence of two speakers for the seventh assembly.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ramhan Nansel in an interview with newsmen in Lafia, the state capital, explained that the Commissioner of Police,  Maiyaki Baba gave the directive following consultations with other sister security operatives in the state.

According to a report the immediate past Speaker, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, who was seeking a third term as Speaker, and 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 Wednesday that the action was due to a directive by the state Commissioner of Police, Maiyaki Mohammed-Baba.

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