Kogi Speaker Smuggled Out as Thugs Invade Chambers

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Armed policemen stationed at Kogi State Assembly Complex looked helpless as hundreds of thugs invaded Assembly chambers during plenary on Tuesday.

As journalists arrived the Assembly premises this morning, the environment looked tense with stern looking armed policemen covering the length and breadth of the premises. The ADC to Governor Yahaya Bello was at the gate discussing with some policemen. Kogi Police Commissioner, Wilson Inalegwu, who was also on ground, told journalists he was there to ensure there was no breach of law.


A Sienna bus belonging to Hon. Hassan Abdullahi Bello Balogun, member representing Ajaokuta state constituency was positioned to block the gate.


Security Adviser to Kogi State Governor, Navy Commander Jerry Omodara (rtd), Administrators of Okehi, Adavi and two other local governments were also on ground.


The plenary started shortly afterwards but was disrupted by thugs who chased lawmakers and people at the gallery out of the chambers.


Speaker Imam Umar Ahmed and his security aides ran helter-skelter to find a way out of the assembly that was surrounded by thugs.


He convoy rushed to save him from harm.


Most of the newly fixed chairs at the Assembly gallery we thrown down into the chambers making lawmakers scamper for safety.


Member representing Igalamela Odolu, Hon. Friday Sani Makama was the target. Him and his aides were attacked and will only survive if they are rescued on time.


The thugs moved freely without checked by the large number of armed policemen present. Some of the boys left in a Kogi State Government House car marked KGGH 128 (an ash colour Toyota Camry muscle).


The Police Commissioner’s convoy was seen rushing to the Assembly about twenty minutes after the Speaker had been ferried out of the premises.

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