Update: National Assembly Shut

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The Senate President, David Mark, has announced an immediate closure of the National Assembly after an attempt to deny the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, access into the complex resulted in chaos on Thursday

Police tear-gassed the crowd that had gathered as well as the Speaker, who was eventually smuggled into the chambers by loyalists after being denied entry thrice.

Apparently invoking his powers as the chairman of the National Assembly, Mr. Mark announced an immediate adjournment of the two chambers till Tuesday to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

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The House of Representatives was in session at the time of the announcement, and it is yet unclear whether the chamber will abide by Mr. Mark’s declaration.

Details to follow

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