The Senate has suspended its meeting following the demise of two members of the House of Representatives: Honourables Haruna Maitala, who represented Bassa constituency, Jos North Plateau State and Suleiman Lere, who represented Lere Federal Constituency of Kaduna State.
While the former died in a car accident the latter passed on after a brief illness.
Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, moved the motion for the adjournment and it was seconded by the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Moving the motion, the Senate Leader said, “this Distinguished chamber and, to our Distinguished colleagues, the passing of two members of the National Assembly by names of Honourable Haruna Maitala, who until his demise represented Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency of Plateau State, and who we lost on April 2, 2021, in a ghastly motor accident.
“The second loss we suffered, was that of another Honourable member, Hon. Suleiman Aliyu Lere, representing Lere Federal Constituency from Kaduna State, whom we also lost on April 6, 2021.”
Abdullahi added: “Mr President, Distinguished Colleagues, I rise in accordance with our tradition, to move two motions: one for the suspension on all other items scheduled for consideration on the order paper today; [And] also another motion for this Distinguished chamber to observe one-minute silence in honour of the departed, I so move.”
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, while putting the motion to a voice vote which was unanimously supported by Senators, described the demise of the two lawmakers as “another sad development in the National Assembly.”
The upper chamber, thereafter, held a minute silence in honour of the deceased lawmakers before adjourning plenary till Wednesday.