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Leadership Tussle: Lawmakers Break Mace As They Engage In Rowdy Session

The Jigawa State House of Assembly mace has been damaged after members disagreed on an amendment to the standing rule guiding qualification for a leadership position at the house.

The mace, which is a symbol of authority was destroyed on Tuesday when the speaker of the State House, Isa Idris, announce a move to amend the rule banning former assembly speakers and deputy speakers that were impeached or suspended from contesting for the speaker of the assembly.

The announcement led the house to a rowdy session as some of the lawmakers supported the move while other groups opposed it.

Abdulrahman Alkassim who is representing Yankwashi State Constituency led the group opposing the rule.

It was gathered that Alkassim and his group are working on moves to return a former Speaker, Idris Jahun, who was impeached three years ago to the leader of the state assembly.

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While the disagreement was going on, some lawmakers reached for the mace and it broke into three parts while they were dragging it among themselves.

Journalists and staff of the house were, however, sent out during the quarrel, normalcy was, however, restored to the house after about 15 minutes of rowdiness.





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