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Nigeria: Reps Ward Into Ogun Crisis

The House of Representatives has waded into the protracted crisis in Ogun State House of Assembly calling on the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Hafiz Ringim to open the Assembly complex and provide security for the leadership of the Speaker, Hon. Tunji Egbetokun to perform their constitutional duties.

It however threaten to take over and exercise the legislative powers of Ogun State House of Assembly in accordance with section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria if the IG fails to comply.

Meanwhile, the House has called President Goodluck Jonathan to take note of the political crisis brewing in Ogun state as well as be conscious of the powers conferred on him by section 305 of the Constitution.

Section 305 (3) of the 1999 Constitution states that “the president shall have power to issue a proclamation of a state of emergency only when (a) the Federation is at war (b) the Federation is in imminent danger of invasion or involvement in a state of war (c) there is actual breakdown of public order and public safety in the Federation or any part thereof to such extent as to require extraordinary measures to restore peace and security.”

Enang had in his motion noted that the Ogun State House of Assembly formally sat last on June 29, 2010 and received the 2010 Supplementary budget proposal and request for approval of a 100 billion naira bond from the executive and adjourned plenary to embark on annual recess.

He expressed worry that the Assembly resumed on August 3, 2010 but was invaded by protesters disrupting peace, law and order, “the House therefore adjourned sine die by a notice sent to members through the clerk by the speaker of the House of Assembly to be reconvened by the Rt. Hon. Speaker Tunji Egbetokun.”