Protesters stormed the office of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, over the extension of the council chairmen and councillors’ tenure.
According to report, the tenure of the chairmen and councillors expired on Thursday and the newly-elected officials were supposed to be sworn in today (Friday) following their election in February.
But the FCT minister cited a court judgement on the matter and announced the suspension of the inauguration of the newly-elected chairman and councillors.
It was learned that one of the outgoing chairmen got a ruling to seek a tenure extension by one year in accordance with the new Electoral Act which stipulates a four-year term for area council chairmen in the FCT.
Mohammed, thereby, extended the tenure of the outgoing chairmen and councillors by one year in line with the court judgement.
Displeased by the extension, residents in the Gwagwalada Area Council on Friday morning took to the streets to protest the action of the minister.