Nasarawa Lawmakers Engage In Fisticuffs Over Appointment Of Sole Administrators


SAN FRANCISCO, April 04, (THEWILL) – Some members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly have engaged each other in a fight during plenary, as issues surrounding the appointment of local council administrators divided the House.

Governor Tanko Al-Makura had appointed and inaugurated sole administrators to man the affairs of their local government councils, pending when elections would be conducted, after the expiration of a two-year tenure of the chairmen of 11 local government areas in the state which ended on March 24.

During the inauguration ceremony of the administrators held at the Conference Hall of the Government House, graced by traditional rulers, security personnel, members of State Executive Council, Almakura gave the assurance that elections would be conducted as soon as possible.

The Governor's decision, however, did not go down well for some lawmakers, as they had earlier resolved to conduct elections immediately after the expiration of the tenure of the local government council chairmen.

Six out of the 24 lawmakers alleged that the other lawmakers had received money to go against their resolution which prompted the House leader to move for their suspension, a motion that resulted to chaos.

The six members prevented the sitting and exchange harsh words and then, a fight began.

One of the lawmakers took hold of the mace, the symbol of authority, but the custodian of the symbol requested that he should be given the mace. He handed it over and ran towards another lawmaker for a fight.

After some disagreements, one of the lawmakers moved for the adjournment of the sitting.

However, some lawmakers convened another sitting and moved the motion to suspend six lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress indefinitely for alleged violation of the rules of the House without allowances but half salaries.