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Police take over Bauchi Assembly after attempt by hoodlum to set building ablaze

By Umar Sa’id Moh’d Bauchi

There was heavy presence of security operatives on Monday at the Bauchi State House of Assembly Complex in the state capital.

This comes three days after 22 aggrieved members of the Assembly passed a vote of no confidence on the leadership of the House and asked them to resign or be impeached.

Nigerian Pilot gathered that the leadership crisis that engulfed Bauchi State House of Assembly took a new dimension as some yet to be identified persons numbering about 50 forced their way into the gate of the Assembly at about 11pm on Sunday burning tyres and other objects with the intention of setting the Complex on fire.

It was also gathered that the security men on guard tried to prevent the hoodlums from getting to the Complex and raised alarm before armed security personnel arrived to disperse them.

Confirming the development to Nigerian Pilot, Special Adviser on State and National Assembly Liaison to Bauchi state Governor, Sani Mohammed Burra said that some unknown persons attempted to burn the House Complex as a result of which the security persons have taken over the place to avoid breakdown of law and order.

“Immediately I was contacted, I informed the State Commissioner of Police on behalf of the State Government for necessary and prompt action.

“He too immediately mobilized personnel to the Complex to ensure that no damage is done. As you are aware, the crisis is that of the leadership of the House, not against the Executive. We are trying to pacify the 22 lawmakers to wait for their colleagues who are presently on pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia and Israel before they will do whatever they want to do”, he added

Burra assured that the Executive is not in any way interfering in the internal affairs of the Legislative arm but just doing everything to ensure that peace prevails adding that despite the present situation, the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature is very cordial and it will remain so.

He assured that as soon as the Governor comes back from this year’s Hajj exercise, he will sit with the Hon Members of the state Assembly to amicably resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, the 22 aggrieved members of the Assembly have vowed that there is no going back on their resolve to remove the present leadership if they refused to honorably resign from office as demanded.

Leader of the aggrieved members who spoke to newsmen on Monday said that already they have nominated new leadership of the House to be headed by one of them whose name he refused to mention until according to him, they gain entrance into the hallowed Chamber of the Assembly any moment from now.

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