Friday, November 21, 2014

Pandemonium as armed security personnel stop Tambuwal from entering National Assembly premises, lawmakers scale fence into complex (photos)

There is pandemonium at the National Assembly on Thursday as armed security personnel stopped the speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, from entering the premises.

This forced Tambuwal to walk into the premises after the main gate to the complex was shut on him for about 30 minutes.

Tambuwal was, however, allowed to enter through a small gate after querying reasons for shutting him out.

"Gentlemen, my names are Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and I am the Speaker of this house.

"I am here as our constitution demands to go in and preside over the sitting of the house. Officers, I would like to know who the commanding officer is here.

"Can you identify me as the Speaker of this House?" the Speaker said to Security operatives.

But the policemen, however, remained mute as the speaker made enquiries.

Chaos continued after the speaker entered through a smaller gate while other lawmakers who were not allowed in resorted to scaling the fence.

As the lawmakers approached the lobby of the white house, which houses both chambers of the National Assembly, police threw tear gas.

This forced many people around to run for safety while the speaker was guided into the chamber by the APC lawmakers for an executive session.

Meanwhile Senate President, David Mark, has ordered the shut down of both chambers of the National Assembly over the unfortunate development.

He said, "Because of the very unfortunate incident in the National Assembly this morning (yesterday),  I have decided to shut down the National Assembly, both the Senate and House of Representatives, until Tuesday next week.

"We will also invite the Inspector-General of Police (to appear before us) here on Tuesday, there will be no business in the National Assembly today. It remains shut till Tuesday ( next week)."

He condemned the application of maximum force on parliamentarians and civil servants who were in their respective offices to do their duties.

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