DISAGREEMENT IN HOUSE OF REPS OVER CALLS FOR EL-ZAKZAKY’S RELEASE


Security and Service chiefs were invited by the House of Representatives over the violent protests by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites.

At Tuesday’s plenary session, the lawmakers discussed the Shi’ite activities and their recent attacks on the National Assembly, security agents and government properties.

The lawmakers also voted Mr Haman Hembe’s prayer requesting the federal government to follow the order issued by various judiciary to release Islamic sect leader Sheik Ibraheem el-Zakzaky.

Another lawmaker, Linda Ikpeazu, made another prayer that ordered the government of the Kaduna State to follow similar court orders.

Femi Gbajabiamila, had placed the prayer to a vote and it was the nays. Prayer supporters had protested, forcing the presiding officer to call for a House division.

The division, usually called when those for and against a matter can not be obviously determined by voice vote, implies that legislators would be requested to relocate on the basis of their votes to either side of the aisle.

Shortly after calling for a division and the legislators had begun to take positions in the chamber, the Speaker requested that the process be conducted behind closed doors, asking sergeants-at-arms to remove non-members from the chamber and gallery.

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