Reps constitute committee to end political crisis in Edo state

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja.

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The Nigerian House of Representatives has constituted a thirteen-man committee to investigate and intervene in the political crisis in Edo State, Southern Nigeria.

The committee, expected to submit its report next week, will try to mediate between the two parties to resolve the crisis.

This followed a deliberation on a motion brought under matters of urgent public importance on the need for the national assembly to intervene in the crisis, posing a security threat to the State.

Presenting the motion sponsored by three House of Reps’ members from Edo State, Professor Julius Ihonvbere expressed concern that the crisis would jeopardize the little successes recorded in the nation’s democracy.

Recall that nine of the 24 members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly had been inaugurated under controversial circumstances on June 17.

Professor Ihonvbere alleged that the remaining members elect that have not been sworn in were being harassed.

“Concern that on the 18th June, 2019, the 15 members-elect who were not informed of the nocturnal inauguration and 2 of those who were forcefully sworn in, addressed a press conference to condemn the charade that took place at Edo State House of Assembly the previous night and to demand for a proper inauguration.

“However, to their chagrin they were attacked by hired thugs and the State Security Outfit code-named “wabaizigan” and backed by men of the Nigeria Police led by the Chief Security Officer to the Governor,” Prof. Ihonvbere alleged.

Speaking in the same vein, a Co-sponsor of the motion, Peter Akpatason called on the House of Representatives to take over the affairs of the State Assembly and ensure proper inauguration.

Invasion

Meanwhile, the National Assembly was thrown into commotion due to attempted invade of the premises by protesters alleged to be members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, while plenary sessions were ongoing in both legislative chambers.

The Protesters were said to force their way into the Premises and started stoning police and other security men trying to stop them getting access to the complex, shattering glass windows and set a car ablaze.

They are demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has been in detention for three years.

A police officer was shot in the process while two others were injured.

The injured police officers are currently receiving treatment at the National Assembly Clinic.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has visited the injured policemen currently at the NASS clinic after emergency executive meeting on the matter.

An alleged Shiite member was arrested by the National Assembly Security and is being interrogated.