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Reps row: We may recall suspended members – Bankole

…apologises to traumatised students

By Luka Binniyat

ABUJA -  Two weeks after a fracas in the House of Representatives led to the suspension of its eleven members, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, today indicated that the estranged lawmakers may be recalled from their suspension.

The Speaker made this known to National Assembly Correspondents when he visited the City Royal Secondary School, Nyanya (a suburb of Abuja).  The students  of the school were at the gallery when the free-for-all, which  caused a national outrage, broke out.
Findings by Vanguard  also indicate that most members of the Reps are of the feeling that the suspended member should returned to the House.

Speaker House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole

The  Speaker’s visit was an apparent move to redeem  the image of the Speaker and  House  which had sank to all time low since the incident.

Bankole, during the visit, profusely  apologised to the students over the incident and also exhorted them to  respect the law.

After the Speaker had finished his interaction with the Students the Press asked  if  the House would forgive the Eleven member of the Progressives Minded Legislature (PML), led by Dino Melaye (PDP/Kogi) who sparked off  the exchange of blows as the students watched from the gallery, the Speaker said, “it is a beautiful idea and we will surely consider it”, he said, “we would consider it, absolutely”, he added.

“We are adults”, he said, “and we have the responsibility of managing ourselves”, he went on, “and I can tell you that we will come to an amicable resolution”, he said, then  hurried into his official vehicle, and drove away.

He did not say, when the members would be recalled.

More later…


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