The Kaduna State House of Assembly was on Thursday in turmoil over the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Mukhtar Hazo.
Patmos Media Line had earlier given a terse report of the impeachment but the fighting produced the elected member of Kauru State constituency, Mr. Isaac Auta, emerging as the new deputy speaker following Hazo’s impeachment.
Auta’s emergence and swearing was characterised by chaos as a member attempted to carry the mace. Auta was immediately sworn in by the Clerk of the Assembly, who administered oaths of office and allegiance on him.
Patmos Media Line had reported that The former Deputy Speaker, Mr Mukhtar Hazo’s impeachment notice was signed by 24 members of the assembly.
Before he was removed from office, there were speculations of an alleged plot by seven members of the House led by the former deputy speaker to impeach the Speaker, Yusuf Zailani.
However, lawmakers in support of the former deputy speaker exchanged blows with other members in the process of trying to remove the mace of House after the impeachment.
In his reaction, the Speaker disclosed that the impeached deputy was the architect of his own misfortune. Zailani accused Hazo of conniving with other lawmakers to remove him as the speaker, claiming that the former deputy speaker also committed other infractions that were against the rule of the House.
Not long after the swearing in of Hon. Isaac Auta, as the new Deputy Speaker of Kaduna Assembly, a member representing Makera Constituency, Hon. Liman Dahiru broke into the floor of the Assembly and seized the maze.
But before he could make his way out of the chamber, he was grabbed by the Sergeant at Arm while other members quickly rushed in to retrieve the maze from him.
The plenary thereafter ended in a rowdy session while the aggrieved member, Dahiru Liman was dragged out of the chamber.
Liman, who had his dress torn, was later seen outside the Assembly Chamber displaying anger over the impeachment of Hazo.
Earlier, some policemen and other security operatives stormed the Assembly Complex over the plot to impeach the speaker who was elected into office on February 25.
Some lawmakers who were not happy with his style of leadership were said to have perfected plans to impeach him during plenary.
In order to forestall any breakdown of law and order, all entrances leading in and out of the complex were barricaded by the security operatives.