House of Representatives in rowdy session over continued detention of El-Zakzaky

House of Representatives was today thrown into a rowdy session when lawmakers were divided on whether the federal government should release Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria( Shiite).

APC lawmaker , Muhammed Shamsudeen Bello had prayed the House to set up a committee that would investigate issues concerning El-Zakzaky and report back to the House within a week .

Other lawmakers demanded that the federal government should obey court orders and release him.

This caused three voice votes and the Speaker called for a division. This led to a rowdy plenary that ended in a closed-door session which lasted for over thirty minutes.

On return from the closed session lawmakers resolved to invite security and service chiefs over the protests by the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

This was after many amendments. An amendment by Hon. Herman Hembe (Benue) that the Federal Government should obey court orders and release Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky was rejected

An amendment by Hon Lynda Ikepeazu (PDP that the Kaduna state Government should obey court orders and free the Shiites leader was also rejected.

However, members adopted the prayer of an amendment by Hon. Oluwole One that an Adhoc committee be constituted to interface with the Executive in a bid to consider the use of alternative conflict resolution mechanism to resolve the crisis.

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