Reps hurriedly adjourn as Shi’ites break into NASS – Independent Observers

Reps hurriedly adjourn as Shi’ites break into NASS

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By Andy Chukwu

The National Assembly complex was thrown into chaos on Wednesday when some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) broke its premises forcing legislators to hurriedly adjourn plenary.

The Shite members, who stormed the legislative complex in large numbers, were said to have overpowered security operatives before breaking down the first gate.

Their advanced into the complex was stopped when their leaders called a halt before the second gate could be pull down.

Shouting “Allah Akbar,” the aggrieved protesters demanded the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, their leader, who had been in the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS) since December 2015.

He is currently facing trial over “culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace”.

Yusuf Lasun, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who was presiding over plenary, announced that he had just been briefed of the development before he hurriedly adjourned plenary.

He said he chose to adjourn plenary out of caution.

Security has been beefed up around the legislative chamber.

During a procession in commemoration of Zakzaky‘s 68th birthday, the IMN members threatened to change their style of protest.

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