Police in Anambra State lock out members of the state House of Assembly


The Police in Anambra State on Thursday locked out members of the state House of Assembly.

The lawmakers, made up of those who purportedly impeached the Speaker of the House, Rita Maduagwu, on the 13th of November, were stopped at the gate of the complex and asked to leave from there.

No fewer than 200 policemen had barricaded the entrance to the legislative complex as of 8am on Thursday.

Efforts by the factional Speaker, Ikem Uzoezie, and his group to persuade the policemen for about two hours to let them in to the complex failed.

Speaking to the press, Uzoezie decried the continued sealing of the state House of Assembly complex by the Police, describing it as unconstitutional and affront to democracy.

About 20 out of the 30 members of the House had, on 13th November, impeached Maduagwu for alleged financial impropriety, highhandedness, incompetence and gross misconduct.

Maduagwu, who later gained access to the chamber, presided over a session with 11 members of the House and described her impeachment as “a bundle of illegality.”

The state government had openly shown support for Maduagwu and asked the parallel members of the House to sheathe their swords.