by Stanley Azuakola
Nasarawa state house of assembly has been shut down. This followed a violent protest which was staged at the assembly on Tuesday over the assembly’s invitation of Governor Tanko Al-Makura due to his alleged non-implementation of their resolutions.
Shortly after the meeting between the governor and the state legislators ended, the thugs stormed the assembly despite the presence of heavily armed security operatives, including the police, civil defence and SSS. Their plan was to descend on members of the PDP-dominated legislature. The governor is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The youths threw stones and other items at the lawmakers after Al-Makura had left the assembly.
Consequently, the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon Musa Mohammed, in the company of the Nasarawa commissioner of police, Shehu Umar, announced the closure of the assembly complex in Lafia yesterday during a press conference. According to him, until the safety of the members is guaranteed, the lawmakers will not sit.
The police commissioner stated that the police would ensure that the masterminds of the crisis are apprehended and prosecuted accordingly.
Meanwhile, the Nasarawa State government has disassociated itself from the invasion of the state Assembly by some thugs allegedly sponsored by the APC to beat up members alleged to be plotting the impeachment of the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura, saying it is undemocratic.
In a statement signed by Nasarawa State Commissioner of Information and Ethical Re-orientation, Hamza Elayo Mohammed, the state government expressed regret at the action, saying that the development was uncalled for.
“At the session, the governor and members had an enlightened interaction during which Governor Al-Makura expressed delight at the manner proceedings were held.
“While the action of these hoodlums remains condemnable, the government strongly dissociates itself from such unprovoked acts and sympathizes with the Speaker and Honourable members over the sad incident,” he said.
The statement added that Nasarawa government was “determined to promote and maintain peaceful co-existence among the citizenry as well as bring to book anyone who threatens the unity of its people no matter his or her position.
“Government calls on security agencies to investigate and bring to book all those found to have been directly involved or have supported this unwholesome and dastardly act. Government also warns that it will not condone such acts which are capable of derailing the country’s democracy as well as causing disharmony among the people of this state”, it further noted.