Less than 24 hours after it was shut down indefinitely; the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has been reopened for normal activities.
The lawmakers reversed their decision on indefinite postponement after a 3-hour closed door meeting with the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura. The meeting was held inside the conference room of the speaker’s office, with 23 lawmakers in attendance.
The governor attended the meeting in the company of the State Commissioner of Police and Director of the State Security Service.
According to Osun Defenders, although the details of the meeting were not made public, a source said the governor sympathized with the lawmakers over the attack and gave assurance that the lives and property of the lawmakers would be secured.
A statement signed by the State Commissioner of Information, Hamza Elayo, condemned the attack and sympathised with the lawmakers.
“We condemn in strong terms the unfortunate, unprovoked and unwarranted disturbance of Tuesday August 27th, 2013 at the premises of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly by yet to be identified hoodlums.
“The government strongly dissociates itself from such unprovoked acts and sympathize with the Speaker and Honourable members over the sad incident”.
“Government calls on security agencies to investigate and bring to book all those found to have been directly involved or have supported this unwholesome and dastardly act,” the commissioner said.