Plenary session has started off at Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, as 21 lawmakers chased out 5 sacked lawmakers who shut down the complex.
It was gathered that Governor Udom Emmanuel arrived the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly Tuesday this morning, and was met by rowdy session of youths heralding his visit. Gunshots were fired by security personnel, and factional speaker, Nse Ntuen who had earlier sat with the four other sacked lawmakers was chased out of the complex.
Ntuen’s vehicle was reportedly destroyed, while he escaped being mobbed by supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and security personnel. As the governor entered the assembly hall, youths started shouting ‘eight years’, ‘eight years’.
Lere Olayinka who confirmed this wrote;
AKHA COUP BY 5 MISCREANTS FOILED BY 21 LAWMAKERS
An attempt by miscreants who were formerly members of the state House of Assembly had been foiled.
The illegal invasion by five sacked lawmakers was aided by some security agents and thugs, who chased out staff of the House of Assembly.
However the arrival of the Speaker of the Assembly Onofiok Luke, who was accompanied by 20 other members marked a tragic end of the comedy.
On sighting the arrival of the lawmakers, the impostors scampered out of the complex.
The 21 lawmakers have now taken their seats and the proceedings is about to commence.
The clerk of the House Mrs Mandu Umoren and other staff are now seated in the chambers.
The Chief Security Officer of the state, His Excellency Gov Udom Emmanuel arrived the complex and had a private meeting with the speaker in the Speaker’s office.
Proceeding now in progress
Here is a photo of the lawmakers fleeing from mob action;
We reported earlier that the sacked lawmakers were reportedly escorted into the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly complex, by men of the Nigerian Police. It was gathered that the lawmakers chased everyone out, manhandled the Press Secretary to the Speaker, Kufre Okon and headed straight to the chambers.