Update: Senate President orders National Assembly shut


The Senate President, David Mark, has announced an immediate closure of the National Assembly after an attempt to stop the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, from the assembly, plunged the complex into chaos.

Police had fired teargas to push back a surging crowd Thursday after Tambuwal was denied access thrice before his loyalists smuggled him into the House of Representatives’ chamber later.

Apparently invoking his powers as the chairman of the National Assembly, Mark announced an immediate adjournment of the two chambers till Tuesday to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

Mark had reportedly met Tambuwal in solidarity after the speaker successfully gained access into the chamber.

The House of Representatives was in session at the time of the announcement, and it is yet unclear whether the chamber will abide by Mark’s declaration.

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