National Assembly Closed Down As Lawmakers Scale Fence


Over 15 members of the All Progressive Congress, APC serving in the House of Representatives scaled the fence to enter the National Assembly complex after they were stopped from entering by some security agents. This followed after security operatives tried to prevented the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, from gaining entrance into the National Assembly Complex while his deputy, Emeka Ihedioha was allowed in.

There was an overwhelmingly large presence of State Security Service personnel and police who took over the National Assembly complex closing off all entry points and allowing just one open to control who enters and leaves the complex.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives’ vehicle was stopped at the second gate of the National Assembly complex and was only allowed in after he abandoned his convoy however, he was again stopped at the third gate but was later allowed in after a prolonged argument. Also, other lawmakers belonging to APC were denied access through the second gate resulting in their scaling the fence to gain access into the building.

Witnesses report that lawmakers emerged from the assembly to overpower the security agents to allow Mr Tambuwal in after damaging the third gate.

Mr. Tambuwal annoyed the ruling Party, PDP, when he defected to the opposition: All Progressives Congress, APC.

The speaker adjourned the House shortly after he defected to APC on the 28th of October while announcing a resumption date in December, a move that was believed to hinder any attempt to remove him from seat as the ruling party, PDP has the majority seat in the House.

The house only reconvened on Thursday in honour of President Jonathan’s request to extend the emergency rule in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States due to increasing Boko Haram attacks. Thursday’s plenary would be the first since Mr. Tambuwal’s defection.

The Senate President, David Mark, has exercised his powers as the chairman of the National Assembly and announced an immediate closure of the National Assembly after the chaos. Both upper and lower house have been adjourned till Tuesday in the hope that the adjournment would halt the disorder.