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Senate Probes Akwa Ibom Assembly Crisis as Police Defend Role

The Senate Wednesday mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the alleged invasion of the House of Assembly of Akwa Ibom State by suspected thugs on Tuesday. The committee headed by Senator Tijjani Kaura (Zamfara North) is to report back to the Senate at plenary within 48 hours.

The Senate took the decision after listening to Senator Bassey Akpan (Akwa Ibom North East) who reported the alleged invasion of the assembly by hired thugs.

Akpan had said at plenary that suspected thugs invaded and disrupted activities at the state assembly on Tuesday.

The senator claimed to have personally witnessed the alleged invasion when he visited the assembly complex in company with Emmanuel.

According to him, the alleged invaders were led by Kimo, whom he accused of taking sides with the invaders to truncate democracy in the state.

He added that the police commissioner took sides with the APC lawmakers in the state to cause break down of law and order. Contributing, Senator Jibrin Barau (Kano North), who spoke under Order 53(5), informed the Senate that the issue of the state assembly was in court and cautioned that the Senate should learn to distance itself from state matters, saying Senate should concentrate on national issues and leave state matters for the states.

Barau’s position, however, did not go down well with some senators who made spirited moves to shout him down.

At this point, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, mandated the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to as a matter of urgency investigate the alleged invasion of the state assembly.

Saraki who gave the committee 48 hours to submit its report to the Senate for consideration, stressed that the investigation became imperative “as that would enable the upper chamber appreciate the true picture of what actually transpired in the assembly on Tuesday, and it was only after what happened in the assembly might have been established that the Senate could take a position.”

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