Violence broke out when the Anambra State House of Assembly resumed sitting on Thursday, with policemen blocking the entrance to the premises, while they also fired teargas.
The sitting followed the purported impeachment of the Speaker, Rita Maduagwu, on Tuesday. She had claimed that “They need two-thirds of our members to impeach the Speaker or the governor,” and that since they did not achieve that, “So, I’m still the Speaker.”
Following her purported impeachment on Tuesday, a member of the House, Ikem Uzoezie of AgutaIi Constituency was nominated as the new Speaker.
But Maduagwu later addressed the Press and said she remained the Speaker of the House, describing those who impeached her as “rascals.”
Over 300 policemen were stationed at the Assembly area from the Alex Ekwueme Square entrance of the complex as from 8am.
Judiciary workers and others who had any business in the area were denied entrance.
It was learnt that trouble started when a lawmaker mobilised some supposed supporters to the House, allegedly to show solidarity for Maduagwu.
The protesters were however repelled by the police with tear gas.
The entire complex was consequently filled with tear gas as policemen attempted to chase away everybody in the area.
While everyone including journalists and onlookers scampered for safety, a member of the House, Mrs. Beverly Nkemdiche, who was affected by the teargas shouted and screamed on end, “They have killed me! I’m a member of the House. Please, don’t kill me…”.