Breaking: Tension in Ekiti as armed policemen besiege house of assembly complex
. Speaker alleges plot to steal mace, insists house still on recess till October 8
. Police say clerk invited them via letter as clerk claims his signature forged
. Residents afraid Fayose might be impeached again
By Steve Oko
Tension is building across Ekiti State as heavily armed policemen have reportedly besieged the State House of Assembly, raising fears of a plot to break into the complex and make away with the mace.
There are also speculations that the sole aim of those behind the plot is to possibly impeach Gov. Ayodele Fayose whose tenure will be expiring by October just to humiliate and disgrace him.
Speaker of the House,Rt. Hon. Kolawole Oluwawole, who raised the alarm in a press statement early this morning directed all staff of the House to keep away from the complex to avoid being casualties of possible chaos that might ensue.
He insisted that the lawmakers are still in their recess till October 8, wondering on whose orders the police are acting.
But police had claimed they were invited by the Clerk via a letter. The Clerk has swiftly dissociated from any such correspondence, saying his signature was forged.
Below is a full text of the press statement issued by the Speaker which was made available to Wawa News Global.
“APC’s Another Coup in Ekiti State As Police Lay Siege On House of Assembly Complex
“A few hours ago, it came to our notice that armed policemen had invaded the Ekiti State House of Assembly complex on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bello Ahmed.
“The Police Commissioner claimed that he received a letter from the Clerk of the House, Mr. Tola Esan, purportedly seeking security deployment to the premises of the House.
“However, the Clerk has written to the Commissioner of Police, dissociating himself from any letter and describing such letter as forged.
“Mr. Tola Esan also spoke with pressmen on camera, stating categorically that he did not write any letter to the police, seeking deployment of security men to the House of Assembly complex and that the House is on recess till October 8, 2018.
“The question we now wish to ask the Commissioner of Police is; who wrote the purported letter and where did he get it from?
“Also, we wish to ask the Commissioner of Police the motives behind his hurried deployment of armed policemen to the House of Assembly complex without seeking clarification from the Speaker.
“Again, after speaking with the Clerk on phone and he told the CP expressly that no such letter was authored by him, why are the policemen still laying siege on the House of Assembly?
“The House of Assembly is constitutionally backed to go on recess as seen in the National Assembly and other advanced democracies in the world and therefore no official function of the house can take place while on Recess.
“As at today, the House of Assembly is on recess till October 8, 2018.
“Information at our disposal is to the effect that the Policemen are laying siege on the House of Assembly to provide cover for some miscreants today to perpetrate evil and create chaos in the House of Assembly thus threatening our democracy and putting the lives of our innocent staff into danger.
“We are also aware of the sinister plot to break into the Assembly Complex before daybreak with the intention of making away with the Mace.
“We therefore call the attention of well-meaning Nigerians to the fresh coup being plotted by some anti-democratic agents in the APC in collaboration with the Police in Ekiti State.
“As the Speaker of the House, herein the constitutional head of the institution, there is no threat in the House to warrant any deployment of policemen and the Commissioner of Police should therefore withdraw the illegal deployment of policemen to the premises of the house as such is unsolicited, unwarranted dangerous and ultra vires.
“Staff of the House of Assembly have also been directed to stay at home until further notice in view of the need to prevent injuries and loss of lives as the armed policemen can as usual be overzealous.
Rt. Hon. Kolawole Oluwawole