Impeachment Saga: POLICE BLOCK ANAMBRA ASSEMBLY COMPLEX
Following last Tuesday’s impeachment move on Hon. Rita Maduagwu, Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, heavy security has been mounted at the entrance of the House of Assembly, Thursday morning to “forestall any breakdown of law and order.”
The movement was restricted within and around the premises, even as journalists, the staff of the House and lawmakers, were barred from gaining access.
22 out of the 30 members of the Assembly had on Tuesday, purportedly removed the Speaker.
Aggrieved members of the state assembly cited highhandedness, gross misconduct, docility and financial impropriety as reasons for their action; but Maduagwu, shortly after the house adjourned to Thursday, Nov.15, surfaced with 10 members of the house, debunking her removal.
She moved further to hold another plenary and adjourned to the same date as the previous group.
Thursday morning, security agents comprising police officers and civil defence cordoned off the Assembly complex, restricting movement around the area.
Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Haruna Mohammed confirmed the development, saying that it is the duty of the police to check breakdown of law and order.
Meanwhile, Mr Emma Mmadu, Chief Press Secretary to the House of Assembly could not take or return missed calls from Anaedooline.
The security official stopped everyone except workers at the complex from gaining access to the compound.
Though lawmakers had not started arriving, our correspondent gathered that some of the lawmakers, especially those opposed to the former Speaker may not be able to gain access into the compound.
As at the time of filing this report, journalists were still barred from entering the Assembly complex.