Niger Crisis: Police Use Tear Gas on Lawmakers

by Ranti Joseph

Aliyu-Babangida

Crisis in Niger state seems to be deepening as activities at the House of Assembly was again disrupted when policemen ordered the new Speaker of the Assembly, Isah Kawu, who was elected on Tuesday, and 20 other members to vacate the Assembly complex.

The Police and other security agents on Wednesday locked up the gate to prevent people from coming inside the complex or leaving especially the Assembly workers, as they fired tear gas canisters in the complex.

It was learnt that the police action was informed by fears that the new Speaker along with 20 lawmakers had perfected plans to begin impeachment procedure against the Governor of the state, Babangida Aliyu on allegation that he had failed to carry members of the Assembly along in the governance of the state and other acts of misconduct.

It was gathered about 300 armed policemen and other security agents were deployed in the Assembly to ensure that the legislators could not conduct plenary for the day making Kawu and 20 House members left the complex to meet at an undisclosed location.

The embattled Speaker, Adamu Usman, who was allegedly impeached on Tuesday, insisted that the new leadership was illegal

“What they did is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect. We are still the leaders of the House of Assembly. I am happy they did not accuse any of us of financial mismanagement,” he said.

 

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