after they invaded the Kogi State House of Assembly, stripped and beat
up Friday Sanni Makama, the lawmaker representing Igala Mela-Odolu constituency.
down for business when the hoodlums armed with dangerous weapons forced
their way into the chamber and began pelting the lawmakers with stones.
blue and dragged him out from the Assembly complex after stripping him
vandalised lawmaker’s vehicle alongside several others while the police
reportedly looked the other way.
were bent on disallowing Makama from resuming after a court quashed the
six-month suspension handed him by the House.
to court over leadership crisis, but a Lokoja High Court recently gave
an order reinstating him.
executed to prevent the House from sacking the Majority Leader, Matthew
Kolawole, who is said to be a staunch supporter of Governor Yahaya Bello
and to stall debate on the Paris Club refund.
Mohammed Ibrahim and Idris Asiwaju respectively, were slated to appear
to explain how the state government expended the bailout funds and the
two tranchees of the Paris-Club loan refunds received from the Federal
stormed the complex with some officers and thugs invited by one Hon.
Bello who represents Ajaokuta State constituency to lock up the premises
in order to prevent plenary from holding.
the plot to impeach the Speaker and replace him with the Majority Leader
who is a staunch ally of the governor. But, the Speaker himself having
control of the House has also staged a counter plot to have the Majority
Leader removed today.
pensioners in the state with the funds received from the Federal
Government. However, the House had planned, today, to hear from the
Commissioners of Justice and Finance how the funds were expended by the
state before this incident happened.”
state, Austin Okai, described the action of the governor and the police
commissioner as a plot to truncate democracy in the state and
institutionalise autocracy “wherein the legislature is suspended from
carrying out its constitutional responsibilities.”
of the Executive to physically storm a legislative complex with
security operatives to prevent legislators from doing their job.
lasted, saying the assurances of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Wilson
Inalegwu who was “physically” present at the Assembly Complex did not
yield any result as the hoodlums had a field day.
Photo credit: Austin Okai,