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Gunmen storm Bayelsa House of Assembly, steal mace

Security men at the House of Assembly Monday morning

Pandemonium broke out on Monday morning at the Bayelsa State House of Assembly as gunmen invaded the chambers during plenary session and took away the Mace, the symbol of legislative authority.

The invasion of the House may not be unconnected with the unfolding leadership crisis of the legislative arm over pressure on the Speaker, Rt Hon Tonye Isenah (Kolokuma/Opokuma 1), to resign as to pave the way for the election of the incumbent Majority Leader of the House of Assembly Hon Monday Obolo (Southern Ijaw 2) to take over as Speaker.
Isenah had on Friday disclosed to his colleagues and workers of the House of Assembly that he would resign on Monday September 30.

Journalists were sent out of the legislative chamber and the lawmakers were having a closed door session when the gunmen invaded the Assembly and stormed the chamber, where they went for the Mace.

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