The House of Representatives on Wednesday took over the functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly. The decision by the lower arm of the National Assembly at a sitting chaired by Hon Emeka Ihedioha, the Deputy Speaker, came as a result of the crisis that engulfed the Rivers State House of Assembly on Tuesday, leaving some of the state’s legislators wounded and hospitalized. Videos of bloody fights in the legislative chambers were posted on social media.
The approval of the decision to take over the functions of the Rivers State legislature was the result of debates on a motion that was based on Section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which states that “at any time when any House of Assembly of a state is unable to perform its function by reason of the situation prevailing in the state, the National Assembly may make laws for the peace, order and good government of that state with respect to matters on which a House of Assembly may make laws as may appear to the National Assembly to be necessary or expedient until such time as the House of Assembly is able to resume its functions; and any such laws enacted by the National Assembly pursuant to this section shall have effect as if they were laws enacted by the House Assembly of the state”.
The House of Reps had earlier sent a team led by the Leader, Hon Mulikat Akande Adeola to try and find a lasting resolution to the crisis.