The Senate has ordered for an investigation into the siege at the Akwa Ibom State Hose of Assembly by the officers of the Nigerian Police who have taken over the legislative complex, denying staffs and legislators access.
During today’s senate plenary session, Senator Bassey Akpan of the PDP, representing Akwa Ibom North-East, cited Order 42 and 52, informing the Senate that the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly was sealed by security operatives.
The Senate resolved to direct the Committee Police to investigate the circumstances to find out what happened and report back within 48 hours.
Speaking on the issue, Senate President Bukola Saraki said “As parliamentarians, we should not go partisan on this issue. If it’s true that security agents have invaded the House of Assembly, it is wrong and I must condemn such brutality; but if it’s so, we should not support it.”
“There should be an investigation quickly to establish this and that committee should report back to us and tell us once it’s confirmed. Then we can take it from there.”
The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly in the past days has witnessed various unfolding dramas following the sack of a former lawmaker representing It State Constituency, Hon. Idongesit Ituen who the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo in its ruling, had ordered the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke to declare the seat of the latter vacant.
While trying to carry out the court’s ruling, the Speaker met stiff resistance by hoodlums alleged to be hired by Hon. Ituen and APC to invade the legislative complex and cause rancour.