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Bello Demolishes Kogi Assembly Complex Over G15 Sitting

Posted: Jun 15, 2016 at 6:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Atabor Julius

Lokoja – Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Kogi State governor, has begun the demolition of the House of Assembly complex located at the outskirts of Lokoja metropolis ostensibly to ward off the threat of the G15 to have their plenary in the hallowed chamber of the complex.

Workers of the complex and journalists woke up on Tuesday morning to see bulldozers pulling down the statues housing the mace and major parts of the chamber and the galley.

Independent gathered that the governor was demolishing the structures in the name of carrying out repairs on the complex to avoid the repeat of his confrontation with the implementation of the High Court Abuja ruling which declared the impeachment of Momohjimoh Lawal-led principal officers of the House null and void and of no effect.

The G15 based on the judgment in their favour had two weeks ago attempted to resume sitting but were allegedly chased away by some gunmen believed to be Nigerian soldiers while the same escorted the G5 loyal to the governor inside the assembly complex to have their sitting.

The actions of the security agents meddling into the House affairs had been generating uproars among security agencies over the unprofessional conduct of the Nigeria army.

The G5 members of the state Assembly had in February impeached Speaker Momohjimoh Lawal, and his principal officers and replaced him with Umar Imam, the action which was considered an albatross to the integrity of the legislature which drew the ire of the National Assembly which swiftly took over the legislative duties of the state Assembly.

The group loyal to the embattled Speaker Lawal who dubbed themselves as G15 went to the Abuja High Court and got a consequential judgment declaring the  action of G5 null and void and of no effect and directed the security services to ensure their safe return to their posts.

Kogi State House of Assembly which is composed of 25 members had its five members attending to their rescheduled elections as court had earlier quashed their elections.

However, the governor had been accused of wittingly supporting the actions of the G5 although he has severally denied his involvement in the crisis.

Speaking to Independent, Umar Yakubu, the Chief Press Secretary to factional Speaker Umar Imam, said that Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello was only responding to request to give the complex a facelift.

He added that the speaker had during the first anniversary of the House of Assembly appealed to him to effect repairs on the complex which he called the worst Assembly complex across the 36 states of the federation.