Heavily armed policemen were on Monday deployed to Kano State House of Assembly to prevent members from gaining entrance to the Assembly complex.
The deployment of the security men might not be unconnected with current move by some legislators to remove the speaker of the House, Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi Ata, over alleged incompetence and high handedness.
However, the Assembly Director of Press, Ali Bala Kofar Kudu, announced that the speaker had suspended all activities in the House until after Eid-El Kabir festivity.
He said in a statement that the House had adjourned its plenary session from Monday, May 14 to June 30.
“The Kano State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon Yusuf Abdullahi Ata, the Speaker, has adjourned its plenary session from today, Monday, May 14, 2018 till the end of June 2018.
“The adjournment is to allow members prepare for the month of Ramadan and Idil-Fitr. “The speaker enjoined the members and the general public to make good use of the holy month in praying for forgiveness and progress of Kano State and Nigeria at large,” said Ali Bala Kofar Kudu.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Magaji Musa Majia, confirmed deployment of police to the Assembly.
He said, “We deployed our men to the Assembly to ensure that nobody breaks law and order.
“We need peace in the state and therefore we will not allow anybody to tamper with existing peace and harmony being enjoyed by the people in the state.” In his a reaction, the embattled speaker, Yusuf Abdullahi Ata, said that he would not lose sleep over subterranean move to impeach him by some aggrieved members.
“You need 27 members to remove a speaker, but from information available to us those behind the move are simply in the minority”, he said. “In any thing in life, there is starting point and the end. If Allah has designed it that my time is off, nobody will extend it by a second. And if it is not time, nobody can remove me from office; that is my belief.
“My happiness is that I didn’t steal anybody’s money. So, if today, they remove me from office, I will leave. I have a constituency that I am representing. But nobody will accuse me of stealing”, he said.
Ata succeeded Kabiru Rurum, who resigned from office in July last year, following allegations of corruption levelled against him.