The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has ordered the closure of Kano State House of Assembly by the police to protect the speaker, Abdullahi Ata, from imminent impeachment.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that already nearly 30 members of the 44-member house have appended their signatures in support of Mr Ata’s impeachment.
“The impeachment was imminent but for the closure of the Assembly,” a member of the house who preferred not to be named told DAILY NIGERIAN.
“We have been managing the speaker for some time, but we realise he has become docile and unable to press for the demands of the legislators before the governor.
“The sealing of the Assembly by the state government because of plan to impeach him speak volume of his unholy alliance with the executive.
“His alliance with the executive negates the principles of separation of power.”
The Director-General, Media and Publicity denied knowledge of the deployment of police to lock up the Assembly, saying the governor was away in Dutse.
Contacted, spokesman for Kano Police Command, Magaji Majia, said the story was exaggerated as police were only there to avert possible breakdown of law and order.
“We got intelligence that there was possible breakdown of law and order, so we deployed our men there,” he added.