POLICE FINALLY SEAL OFF KOGI ASSEMBLY
Armed policemen yesterday sealed off the Kogi State House of Assembly complex.
Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase had stated that he needed the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice before enforcing the resolution of the National Assembly.
The Senate had on March 17, 2016 agreed with the resolutions of the House of Representatives on the lingering crisis in the Kogi State House of Assembly.
Lawmakers belonging to factional Speaker Imam Umar, who had planned to conduct budget defense at the assembly, were prevented from entering the complex.
The road leading to the complex was barricaded by the policemen, who allowed passage to only Assembly staff.
The deputy to the embattled Speaker, Momoh-Jimoh Lawal, Mr Aliyu Akuh, said the crisis remained unresolved as earlier directive by the House of Representatives was snubbed by the group of five lawmakers led by Imam.
“What happened with five members seeking to impeach a Speaker in a house of 20 members is an aberration, unheard of and more so, some members’ names and signatures were forged and included as being part of them,” he said.
“We had to go to the higher authority, which is the National Assembly vested with the constitutional powers to intervene in such situations. The House of Representatives ordered the seal-off and it was concurred by the Senate,” Akuh said.
The factional speaker, Alhaji Umar Imam, however, described the seal-off of the assembly as illegal.
Imam, through his Chief Press Secretary, Umar Ali, said the action of the National Assembly was aimed at hampering progress of the state as all legislative businesses, especially the passage of the 2016 Appropriation Bill would be affected.
SOURCE: DAILY TRUST