Thugs in­vade Kogi as­sem­bly

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

Pan­de­mo­nium broke out yes­ter­day as thugs in­vaded the cham­ber of the Kogi State House of As­sem­bly, dis­rupt­ing the on­go­ing sit­ting.

The thugs, who stormed the as­sem­bly cham­ber shortly af­ter the ple­nary had com­menced, chased the law­mak­ers and other peo­ple at the gallery out of the cham­bers.

The Speaker, Imam Umar Ahmed, and his se­cu­rity aides ran hel­terskel­ter to es­cape.

He, how­ever, man­aged to es­cape from the as­sem­bly com­plex un­hurt.

It was learnt that the mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Igalamela/Odolu con­stituency, Elder Fri­day Sani Makama, who was re­cently re­in­stated by a court rul­ing was the main target of the in­va­sion.

The thugs also at­tacked Makama and some of his aides.

Most of the newly fur­nished chairs at the as­sem­bly gallery were thrown down into the cham­bers, mak­ing the law­mak­ers to scam­per for safety.

Our cor­re­spon­dent ob­served that de­spite the heavy pres­ence of se­cu­rity per­son­nel at the as­sem­bly, the thugs moved freely to un­leash may­hem unchecked.

When con­tacted, the spokesman of the Kogi Po­lice Com­mand, Wil­liams Aya, said the men of the po­lice force were de­ployed, fol­low­ing the in­tel­li­gence re­ports that some hood­lums were plan­ning to cre­ate may­hem.

He said that the com­mis­sioner of po­lice had or­dered a full scale in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent and that those be­hind the may­hem would be brought to jus­tice.

Aya debunked the al­le­ga­tion that the po­lice com­mis­sioner stormed the as­sem­bly to stop the ple­nary from sit­ting, adding that the CP was there to main­tain law and or­der.

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