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Published On: Tue, Jun 24th, 2014

Impeachment saga: Police deploy personnel to guard residence of Adamawa lawmakers

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From Umar Dankano, Yola

As the Adamawa state political atmosphere is already tensed due to the move by the state lawmakers to impeach Governor Murtala Nyako and his Deputy, Barrister Bala James Ngilari, police authorities have drafted its personnel to guard residences of the legislators for fear of the unknown.

Investigation by Peoples Daily in Yola revealed that most of the lawmakers who zoomed to Abuja last week after passing the motion to serve Governor Nyako and his Deputy with notice of impeachment are yet to return for fear of people’s anger over what they described as diversion of progress in governance. An impeccable source in the House of Assembly, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told journalists that policemen had been taken to the respective lawmaker’s residents to encourage them to return home.

However, despite the security presence, many of the lawmakers are yet to return home while those that returned did not sleep at home.

 At the Assembly’s emergency sitting on Monday, only 10 out of the 25 lawmakers showed up for the session, where they adopted the votes and proceedings of the House’s last sittings.

When contacted on deployment of policemen, the Adamawa Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Othman Abubakar, said he was just arriving office and needed time to confirm if there was anything like deployment of policemen to residence of lawmakers but did not responded as the time of filing this report.

Reacting to the development, the chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Solomon Kumangar said he is not aware of such happenings but opined that, considering the security situation in the zone, no chance should be taken.

Kumangar explained that, the effort, if at all it is correct, is an added personal security which is needed given the current situation.

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