The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, was forced to call for an adjournment of the Tuesday plenary following a power outage during the sitting.
The House had just passed for second reading a bill to amend the Evidence Act, Cap. E14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring its Provisions in line with Global Technological Advancements in Evidence taking when power was cut for the second time.
Asking members whether the House should adjourn as a result of the power outage, the Speaker said: “Honourable members, can we adjourn plenary before the UPS go off?”
Consequently, the UPS went off before the Speaker could finish speaking, throwing the temporary Chamber into darkness.
It was reported that the lawmakers scrambled to the exit of the chamber while using their phone torchlights to find their way through.
This comes a day after the national electricity grid collapsed and was thereafter fixed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
The national grid collapse has however been a recurring incidence in Nigeria through the year 2022.