Minute by Minute: Gbajabimila divide Reps over vote to free El-Zakzaky
There was division in the House of Representative, as members were at loggerhead on decisions bordering detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria Sheikh Ibraheem el Zakzaky.
At the House of Reps plenary on Tuesday, the lawmakers debated the recent activities of the Shi’ites, ranging from attacks on the National Assembly, security personnel and damages on government properties.
The division started when the lawmakers voted out a prayer by Hon. Haman Hembe, asking the Federal Government to obey court orders, and immediately release the leader of the Islamic sect, el-Zakzaky.
Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu representing Onitsha North and Onitsha South Federal Constituency of Anambra then made a similar prayer directing the Kaduna State Government to obey court orders to release the leader of the Islamic sect, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
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Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, then put the prayer to a voice vote and the nays had it. The protest by supporters of the prayers forced the presiding officer to call for a division of the House.
The division, which is usually called when those for and against a matter cannot be clearly determined through a voice vote, means that lawmakers would be asked to relocate to either side of the aisle based on their votes.
The Speaker asked that the process be done behind closed doors, asking the sergeants-at-arms to usher non-members out of the chamber and gallery, shortly after the lawmakers started to take positions in the chamber based on their votes.
Also discussed was the attack yesterday that claimed many lives both of the Shiites, police officers and a young reporter, Precious Owolabi under NYSC, a Deputy Commissioner of Police also lost his life during the clash.
It can be recalled that the Shiite leader Ibraheem Zakzaky has been detained by the FG since 2015 without charges even though the court found him not guilty
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