Police Take Over Anambra Assembly

The police on Thursday took over the Anambra State House of Assembly after the leadership tussle which began Tuesday escalated.

Trouble began with the purported impeachment of the Speaker, Rita Maduagwu, by 20 out of 30 members of the House, after which Mr. Ikem Uzoezie was appointed as the new speaker.

However, Uzoezie could not mount the saddle because the clerk of the House took away the mace and refused to inaugurate him.

The embattled Maduagwu, at the resumed sitting yesterday, said she remained the speaker, insisting that the lawmakers did not fulfil the constitutional requirements for her removal.

Amidst the uncertainty generated by the purported impeachment, hundreds of policemen took over the premises and sprayed tear gas in the air; while lawmakers and journalists scampered for safety.

The embattled speaker, who later addressed the press, said she remained the speaker and denounced those who impeached her.

As the crisis in the House raged, another scenario was playing out at the secretariat of APGA in Awka where the state Chairman of the party, Chief Norbert Obi, announced the suspension of the factional Speaker, Uzoezie, and two others, Barr. Hartford Oseke and Hon. Victor Okoye, from the party, Daily Trust writes.

Chief Obi said after reviewing the circumstances surrounding the impeachment of Rita Maduagwu on Tuesday and the role played by Uzoezie, it became expedient to suspend the key player in the saga “to save the party from self-destruction”, adding that the party would not condone such internal wrangling.

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