Police seal off Nasarawa Assembly due to leadership crisis

Two members of the state house of assembly recently emerged as Speakers.

In a bid to avert the breakdown of law and order, the police have sealed off the Nasarawa House of Assembly Complex following the emergence of two speakers for the state assembly.

Recall that on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, the immediate past Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, who was seeking a third term as Speaker, and Hon. Daniel Ogazi, a member representing Kokona East constituency in the assembly, were both elected as speakers in parallel sittings.

According to ThePunch, while Balarabe-Abdullahi emerged as Speaker at a sitting that took place at the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ogazi was elected at the proceedings that took place at the State Assembly complex.

Ogazi, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was reported to have been elected by 13 members-elect including those in the opposition party, while Balarabe-Abdullahi, who is equally an APC member had the support of 11 members loyal to him.

However, explaining why the police sealed off the state assembly, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ramhan Nansel, said the action was a directive by the state Commissioner of Police, Maiyaki Mohammed-Baba.

Nansel in a statement on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, said the commissioner gave the directive after consultation with other security agencies in the state.

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