Rowdy Session In House of Reps Today Over Shi’ites Protest

There was a rowdy session at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, over the security implications which would surround the release of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, the leaders of Shi’ites in the country.

According to reports from Linda Ikeji’s Blog, this occurred after a motion was moved by Hon. Muhammed Shamsudeen Bello from Kano State. The lawmaker had requested that the green chambers should put together an ad hoc committee, which would carry out an investigation on the issue and then make a report to the House within a space of one week.

Some of his colleagues had however dissented as they made a call on the Federal Government to obey the orders of the court and set him free. This resulted in three voice votes with the Speaker eventually calling for a division.

What resulted next was a rowdy plenary which had to end in a closed-door session that went on for more than 30 minutes. The lawmakers had earlier spoken up on the recent attacks which have happened in recent times and have affected security agents and the National Assembly itself.

The House Members however, arrived at a resolution to invite the security chiefs over the repeated protests by Shi’ite members, after returning from the closed session.

This was only after many amendments were made. An amendment which was however made calling for the Federal Government to release the IMN leader by Hon. Herman Hambe was negatived.

In like manner, another amendment that the Kaduna State Government should free Sheik El-Zakzaky, in obedience of a court order by Hon Lynda Ikpeazu did not see the light of the day.

The lawmakers however, adopted the motion of an amendment made by Hon. Oluwole that an Adhoc committee should be set up to interface with the Executive so as to consider the use of an alternative conflict resolution mechanism so as to solve the problem.

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