Anambra Assembly Crisis Lingers, Factional Speaker Demands That IG Unseals The Complex

Mr Ikem Uzoezie, a factional Speaker of Anambra House of Assembly, has demanded that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris should unseal the Anambra House of Assembly Complex.
Uzoezie made the call in on Monday in Awka.
He said there was no time its leadership applied for sealing off of the complex and described it as illegal and unconstitutional.
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Remember that some members of the Anambra House of Assembly had reportedly impeached the speaker, Mrs Rita Maduagwu on November 13, and elected Uzozie as the new Speaker. This caused some misunderstanding and face off between the two camps over who controls the leadership of the Assembly.
In the light of the fracas, policemen were deployed to the complex by the command on November 15 to forestall breakdown of law and order by the factions after it issued a statement sealing off the premises and ordered workers to vacate.
Uzoezie said what happened was just an internal business of the House where it changed its Speaker which did not warrant police invasion of the Assembly complex let alone sealing it off.
The factional Speaker said, “The occupation of Anambra House of Assembly is needless, there is no anarchy. “It smacks rascality and dictatorial tendency by the police in Anambra, they have no business sealing off the House of Assembly and ordering our staff to report to the Head of Service (HoS) office.
He further stated, “It is unfortunate that the police have taken over our job and occupied the complex; Anambra is not in anarchy to warrant this act. “The commissioner of police should know that his men are on illegal assignment.”
Uzoezie insisted that the occupation of the assembly was an attack on democracy because the legislature was the first arm of government which defined democracy, adding that a clampdown on it was an attack on democracy.
He said the Anambra people were the ultimate victims of the injustice being done to the house as that was the only arm of government where everyone had their say.
He said the executive arm of government should be worried that the parliament which gave it legitimacy as a democratic government had been shut down.
“The idea is that the executive don’t want us to function so that they can continue their lawlessness.
“The struggle is to liberate the legislature to serve as the conscience of the people. “Anambra people are the ultimate victims of what is going on because they elected us and are the beneficiary of the services we render, we refuse to be an appendage of the executive,’’ he said.
He called on the Inspector-General of Police to act on the letter that he had written to him and order for immediate unsealing of the Assembly and the vacation of police from the complex to enable members return to their duty posts.
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