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Police teargas councillors in Niger State during protest against planned removal


Nigeria Police

Councillors in Niger State have protested against the state’s House of Assembly’s resolution to dissolve the councils.

Amid security by the police, the lawmakers had gathered at the Abdulsalami Abubakar Youth Centre in Minna to strategise.

Reacting to the teargasing by the police, the Minna command noted that its decision was to restore law and order.

The Assembly had on Tuesday called on Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to dissolve all of the state’s 25 council areas citing misappropriation of funds and dereliction of duties, among others.

It has accused the councils of breaching due process in the award of contracts had asserted that in the course of its oversight functions, it found out that the councils never followed due process in the award of contracts.

The lawmakers also accused the legislative arm of the councils of convening below the stipulated constituted terms of meeting.

The joint civil rights organisations in the state, however, condemned the Assembly’s action, describing it as malicious.

Chairman of the group, Mohammed Saidu Etsu, condemned what he described as “the manner of fighting personal battles with state institutions.”

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace, in a statement said the state was yet to act on the resolution.

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