by James Sambo
Following a near month-long absence from carrying out his legislative duties, Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, today, makes his return to the National Assembly Complex.
The police had invaded the National Assembly on November 20 with the intention of stopping Tambuwal from gaining access to the National Assembly’s premises.
The Speaker’s re-entry comes on the heels of the ruling in his favour, on Monday, December 15, when Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court in Abuja refused to grant a fresh ex-parte application seeking to restrain him from further acting as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The application was filed before the court by a member of the House House of Representatives, Mr. Abiodun Akinlade.
The applicant, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, representing Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency of Ogun State in the House, had in his application, prayed the court to stop Tambuwal from parading himself as the Speaker, pending the determination of the suit challenging his continued stay in office.
Meanwhile, the Senate Ad hoc Committee investigating the invasion of the National Assembly has been informed that the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, issued the directive ordering the closure of the federal parliament on November 20.
The committee chaired by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has therefore summoned the FCT police commissioner to appear before the committee at its next sitting to explain the reason he ordered the National Assembly’s Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to shut down the complex.