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2 Aug 2017

Drama as Hoodlums Break Into Kogi House of Assembly, Disrupt Plenary and Beat Up Lawmakers

The Kogi state House of Assembly was on Tuesday invaded by suspected hoodlums, who disrupted plenary, attacking and beating up members as speaker adjourned plenary indefinitely.
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Some suspected hoodlums on Tuesday, reportedly invaded the Kogi state house of assembly, disrupted plenary and allegedly beat up members.

According to a report by TheCable News, the speaker of the assembly, Umar Imam, managed to escape the wrath of the intruders, while Friday Sani, a member representing Igalamela-Odolu state constituency, was unlucky as they descended on him and inflicted serious injuries on him.

It was also gathered that another lawmaker, Oluwatoyin Lawal, (APC-Yagba west), escaped being hit by one of the big chairs hauled from the gallery into the chamber while some journalists covering the sitting were also attacked and beaten as they scampered for safety.

Vehicles belonging to the lawmakers were also vandalised within the assembly complex, as the gate of the complex was locked against the speaker, and this enabled the hoodlums to pelt his vehicles with stones and other objects.

While speaking to reporters, the speaker who expressed shock, said though he was a bit concerned by the unusual presence of security agents, the attack took them unawares, adding that when the police assured him that they were there to maintain peace and ensure that nothing abnormal happen, he relaxed.

Imam, who announced that the house had adjourned indefinitely, expressed reservation over the conduct of the policemen during the attack.

He said; “We have been witnessing crises in assemblies but it had always been in-house, but this one coming from outsiders makes it news, the hoodlums came in and took over in the presence of the policemen.

“The business of the day was carried out with the assurances from the commissioner of police but the hoodlums had a free day in the presence of the policemen.”

The governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, who spoke through Kingsley Fanwo, director-general, media and publicity, said his administration would not condone any act of rascality adding “anybody that breaks the law will face the law”.

He said that security agencies had been directed to fish out the perpetrators of the house. “We want to denounce insinuations that the governor is scheming for the impeachment if the speaker. The governor is not interested in instigating the impeachment of speaker,” he said.

“The members already passed a vote of confidence on the speaker and it is not the responsibility of the governor to install or remove speaker.”

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