At­tack: Kogi assem­bly ad­journs ple­nary in­def­i­nitely

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION -

Ahmed Imam, by the pow­ers con­ferred on him un­der Rule 4(2) of the Stand­ing Rules of the House, has di­rected that the sit­ting of the house ear­lier dis­rupted on Tues­day, the 1st day of Au­gust 2017 be now ad­journed sine die (in­def­i­nitely) pend­ing im­prove­ment in sit­u­a­tion in the house.

“A date will be an­nounced for the house to re­con­vene. Any in­con­ve­niences caused by this an­nounce­ment is highly re­gret­ted please,” the state­ment said.

Mean­while, a civil right ac­tivist and Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Cen­tre for Hu­man Rights and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion, Mr Idris Mi­liki, has con­demned the in­va­sion of the state assem­bly and called on rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to carry out a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

“We call on the state gov­ern­ment, un­der the lead­er­ship of Al­haji Ya­haya Bello not to pre­tend that all is well in Kogi State and must act de­ci­sively as the fa­ther of the state to nip in the bud, this kind of ugly in­ci­dence. Enough is enough; Kogi State can­not af­ford to con­tinue to live in cri­sis,” Mi­liki said.

He called on mem­bers of Kogi State House of Assem­bly to unite and con­tinue per­form­ing their con­sti­tu­tional du­ties and roles, and to main­tain the sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers as con­ferred on them by the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nigeria.

There was pan­de­mo­nium at the assem­bly when thugs re­port­edly de­scended on the mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Igalamela/Odolu con­stituency, Friday Sani aka Makama, who was just re­sum­ing sit­ting af­ter be­ing re­in­stated by a state High Court.

The leg­is­la­tors nar­rowly es­caped death when the thugs dis­rupted the house sit­ting and un­leashed may­hem.

The hood­lums, af­ter gain­ing en­trance to the assem­bly premises, tried to force their way through the speaker’s en­trance but were pre­vented by his or­der­lies. They later went to the gallery from where they broke chairs and used them as weapons in at­tack­ing the law­mak­ers.

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