Impeachment: Police seal off Anambra State House of Assembly

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Sequel to the breaches of public peace at the Anambra State House of Assembly Complex yesterday, the Anambra State Police command has sealed off the Assembly Complex with effect from 6:00pm of Thursday 15th November, 2018.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Haruna Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police, who made this known in a statement he issued in Awka yesterday on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State said that the action which was in compliance with the directive of the leadership of the Assembly served as a proactive measure to avert possible breakdown of law and order in the Assembly.

The command implored members of the Public to stay away from the House of Assembly premises till further notice.

It further advised civil servants working at the Assembly Complex to report at the office of the Head of Service for further directives.

The command solicited the co-operation of residents of the state in this regard while assuring them all of its determination to provide adequate security in the State.

“Sequel to the breaches of public peace at the Anambra State House of Assembly Complex on the 15th November, 2018, the Leadership of the Assembly has requested for the Police to take over, seal off and secure the entire premises of the Assembly in an official letter to the Commissioner of Police.

“The Anambra State Police Command wishes to inform the general Public that it has sealed off the Assembly Complex with effect from 6:00pm of Thursday 15th November, 2018 as a proactive measure to avert possible breakdown of law and order in the Assembly”, the statement reads in part.

Recall that the Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu was allegedly impeached at the plenary on Tuesday and member representing Aguata II Constituency, Hon. Ikem Uzoezie elected as the new Speaker, a development which Maduagwu had since refuted saying that she was still in-charge of the State Assembly as the Speaker.

Also, at the resumed sitting of the House yesterday, crisis erupted over who controls the proceedings of the House leading to break down of law and order and subsequent sealing of the Assembly.

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