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Security operatives lay siege on Edo Assembly

By Idowu Abdullahi,

Security operatives, including policemen, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have reportedly laid siege on the Edo State House of Assembly.

Their presence may not be unconnected to the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye, by the state lawmakers yesterday.

The stern looking policemen were seen surrounding the Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital on Thursday, while vehicles were also stationed to block entrance into the complex.

It was learnt that their presence was to thwart the planned resumption of plenary 17 out of the 24 lawmakers.

It would be recalled that the lawmakers had on Wednesday impeached Idiaye on grounds of alleged gross misconduct.

The Deputy Speaker’s impeachment, it was gathered, was said to be in connection with his alleged endorsement of Ize-Iyamu.

But, while reacting to the security operatives action, the Peoples Democratic Party accused the Federal Government of meddling into lawmakers activities in the state.

The party, through a post on it social media page, alleged that the growing popularity of incumbent Govenor Godwin Obaseki after his defection from the All Progressive Congress party ahead of the state’s gubernatorial election had become a thing of concern for the apex government.

“Breaking News! Irked by the growing popularity of Governor Obaseki of Edo State & overwhelming acceptance by his people, the  All Progressive Congress-led FG has mobilized Police & other security agents to take over the state house of assembly. This is totally unacceptable,” the party wrote.

 

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