Following the election of two speakers for the seventh assembly, the police on Wednesday surrounded the Nasarawa House of Assembly Complex in an effort to maintain law and order.
According to news report, the immediate past Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, who was seeking a third term as Speaker, and Hon. Daniel Ogazi, a member representing Kokona East constituency in the Assembly, were both elected as speakers in parallel sittings on Tuesday.
While Balarabe-Abdullahi was elected at a sitting that took place at the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ogazi emerged as Speaker from the proceedings at the State Assembly complex.
Thirteen members-elect, including those from the opposition political parties, were believed to have supported Ogazi, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, while 11 members were loyal to Balarabe-Abdullahi, who is also a member of the APC in the state.
However, speaking on why police had to seal off the assembly complex, DSP Ramhan Nansel, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said in a statement released on Wednesday that the action was due to a directive by the state Commissioner of Police, Maiyaki Mohammed-Baba.
He also said that the commissioner gave the directive after consultation with other security agencies in the state.