About 50 policemen from the Police Mobile Force unit of the Nigeria Police yesterday stormed the Edo State House of Assembly to stop on-going renovation at the Assembly.
There was confusion in the assembly as a result. The policemen barked orders to the workers on the rooftop removing roofing sheets of the assembly to come down.
According to the House Committee Chairman on Information, Youth and Sports, Hon. Kabiru Adjoto, the policemen who were led by Assistant Superintendent of Police, Florence Joseph, on arrival, allegedly tear-gassed the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Uyi Igbe and threatened to shoot him.
He said workers hired by the Assembly to carry out the renovation were thoroughly beaten by the policemen before they were driven away from the Assembly premises, just as civil servants working at the Assembly were said to have scampered for safety during the commotion.
Hon. Adjoto accused the police of collaborating with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to destabilise Edo State, saying that both the state Commissioner of Police and the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, denied deploying the policemen to the Assembly.
Accusing the police of impunity, Adjoto said: “these are rifles they are supposed to take to Sambisa forest to free our girls, they are here intimidating welders and other workers carrying out renovation.
Speaking to journalists, the impeached suspended Deputy Speaker of the House, Festus Ebea, supported the police action. He described the renovation as an attempt to stop PDP lawmakers from sitting in the Assembly, just as he described the work as a waste of fund, as according to him, the Assembly building was re-roofed last year.
However, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo said yesterday the Command, based on security report, deployed policemen to the Assembly to stop the work temporarily.
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