Military, Police Take Over Kogi Assembly. Governor, Count Me Out of the Crisis

The endless bickering that has characterised the Kogi House of Assembly, Thursday dovetailed into shutting down the complex.
Detachment of armed security personnel were said to have ordered the workers to vacate their offices for a lock up of the Assembly complex.
The Military, Mobile Policemen invaded the complex in the morning, in what the Police described as to avoid break down of law and order as two Speakers lay claim to the position of Speakership.
The Kogi Police Commissioner, Besan Gwana told reporters that he directed his men to secure the Assembly complex following intelligence reports that some hoodlums were planning to wreck havoc in the place.
“We got information that some people are coming there to vandalise things at the Assembly. That was why we sent our men there to secure the place. It is for security reason”, he said.
The Assembly has been enmeshed in leadership crisis following the Tuesday’s impeachment of the Assembly Speaker, Momoh Jimoh Lawal by five out of the present 20-member Assembly, the second time within a space of three months.
Meanwhile, Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Thursday, disassociated himself from the impeachment of the Speaker, Momoh Jimoh Lawal, noting that he has never interfered in the affairs of the state legislature in line with his determination to promote the rule of law and strict adherence to separations of power.
In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Strategy), Abdulkarim Abdulmalik, the Governor said his name should not be associated with what is happening in the state House of Assembly.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Governor of Kogi State, Alh. Yahaya Bello has been drawn to the spurious allegations by some group of legislators in the legislative arm of Kogi State to the effect that the Governor was the person stoking crisis in the Assembly. “The Governor wishes to inform the general public that the Governor has never interfered in the affairs of the state legislature in line with his determination to promote the rule of law and strict adherence to separations of power.
“To drag the name of the Governor to the crisis in the Kogi State House of Assembly is in the least, uncharitable. The crisis in the House of Assembly predates the present administration in the state.
“It would be recalled that before the advent of the present administration, the Assembly crisis assumed a violent dimension when vehicles belonging to the different caucuses in the House were vandalized.
“The Governor urges all aggrieved parties in the Kogi State House of Assembly to close ranks and work in unity for the progress of the state. He also pledges continued collaboration with the legislative arm to actualize his dream of a better Kogi State”, the statement said.

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