The House of Representatives sitting yesterday, June 25, was disrupted by a group of lawmakers who tried to take away the mace of the House.
Lawmakers loyal to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, however, formed a shield around the speaker and protected the mace from being taken away.
Some of the members loyal to Dogara were also chanting the speaker’s name in support of his leadership.
The house was at a stand still as members were standing at various corners of the lower chamber as proceedings couldn’t go on.
The brawl was happening in the presence of some secondary school students who were on excursion to the National Assembly.
Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, who contested the seat with the speaker, made his way to the speaker’s seat to confer with him on the situation. Also sighted was the former majority leader of the house, Honourable Leo Ogor.
Sanity was, however, restored after the rowdy session. Speaker Dogara then reconvened plenary and urged members to count themselves lucky to be chosen to represent their constituency out of 170 million Nigerians. He then adjourned the House till July 21, 2015, while pledging that the crisis will be resolved soon.The event was beamed live on national television.
See photos from the screen shot on live TV: