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House of Reps to probe crisis and attempt to grab mace

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The House of Representatives on Thursday, resolved to investigate the rowdy session that occurred at the chamber on Wednesday.

The House after a brief deliberation at Thursday plenary, resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the rowdy session, and attempt by some members to grab the mace during plenary on Wednesday.

The development came due to a matter of privilege raised by Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia) at the plenary on Thursday.

Earlier, Kalu said that it was disappointing to see ranking members engage in a struggle to displace the mace during sitting.

He alleged that Rep. Gogo Bright (PDP-Rivers) carried the mace from the upper bracket and put it on the lower bracket during plenary which was not supposed to be so.

Read also: Reps in rowdy session, sergeant-at-arms goes for mace, Gbajabiamila suspends plenary

Kalu said that he was a new member, who joined the National Assembly with a patriotic zeal to contribute to nation-building, saying that the event breached his privileges.

He urged the House to set up the committee to investigate the matter to forestall future reoccurrences.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos) agreed that the scene created by some members breached the collective privileges of the house.

Gbajabiamila said an ad hoc committee would be constituted to look into the matter and that the members would be announced before the end of the day.

 

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