Police take over Anambra assembly complex

Policemen were on Thursday deployed in strategic areas leading to the Anambra state house of assembly.

The house was expected to resume sitting after its crisis which began on Tuesday over attempt to impeach the speaker, Rita Nmaduagwu.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Policemen were stationed at Ekwueme Square, NULGE secretariat junction and barricaded roads leading to the complex with patrol trucks.

Workers in Anambra Universal Basic Education Board, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the high court, all within the assembly area were forced by the police to alight from commercial vehicles and walk.

Those in private vehicles were thoroughly screened to establish their identities and destinations while some vehicles were diverted from the area.

Gov. Willie Obiano and Speaker Rita Nmaduagwu

Some members of assembly on Tuesday purportedly impeached the speaker and elected Ikem Uzozie as her replacement.

The attempt which was reportedly botched has since split the house into two factions as Mmaduagwu insisted that her removal was invalid.

NAN quoted a source as saying Thursday’s sitting might have been shelved to give room for more consultations and reconciliation among the lawmakers.

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