Police which had occupied the Niger State House of Assembly for over a week, yesterday vacated the building.
Consequently, the legislators reconvened on the floor of the Assembly under the leadership of the new Speaker, Hon. Isah Kawu.
The lawmakers had planned to hold their sitting at the Legislative Quarters following the continued occupation and denial of access to the complex by the police.
At 10am, the lawmakers drove into the Legislative Quarters to the waiting arms of their legislative officials: the Sergeant-At-Arms and the Deputy Clerk in a makeshift tent arranged in a typical Assembly setting.
At about 12:05pm, Hon. Kawau directed them to relocate to the complex following a truce he reached with the Commissioner of Police, which led to the withdrawal of armed policemen from the building after eight days of occupation.
At about 1:35pm, the House commenced sitting after waiting for more than 45 minutes for other members in order to form a quorum.
When the session commenced, the Speaker informed the House of two letters from Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu in respect of two bills proposed by the Executive arm of government. They are bills for the establishment of Niger State Council of Arts and Culture and Niger State Investment Promotion Agency.
Kawu also informed the House of an invitation by the governor to members to attend the commissioning of Shiroro Bridge built on River Kaduna. The Speaker urged members to rally round the governor at the occasion.
A motion for debate on the second reading of a bill for a law to provide for the retirement benefits for Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries and for connected purposes was moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Yusuf Kure and supported by the Chief Whip, Hon. Sadatu Kolo.
After the deliberations, the House referred the bills to House Committees on Labour, Judiciary and Rules and Business, with a mandate to involve more stakeholders and report back to it within one week.
The house then adjourned sitting till today.
The Deputy Speaker and Chairman House Committee on media, Hon. Bello Ahmed, confirmed to newsmen after plenary that the House had planned to sit at the Legislative Quarters before the police withdrew from the complex.
He assured the people of the state that the action of the lawmakers was in the interest of tenets of democracy. Ahmed maintained that the three arms are independent of one another and that no individual can attempt to use any of the organs against the other.
The complex has been under police occupation following the impeachment of the former Speaker, Hon. Adamu Usman.


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