Thugs invade Kogi Assembly, assault lawmakers
The Kogi State House of Assembly was on Tuesday invaded by hoodlums, who disrupted its plenary and beat up members.
The Speaker of the House, Umar Imam, narrowly escaped when the hoodlums attacked the lawmakers.
A member representing Igalamela-Odolu state constituency, Friday Sani, was however unlucky as the hoodlums beat him and inflicted serious injuries on him.
Oluwatoyin Lawal (APC-Yagba West) narrowly escaped being hit by one of the big chairs hauled from the gallery into the chamber while some journalists covering the sitting were also attacked and beaten as they scampered for safety.
Vehicles belonging to the lawmakers were also vandalised.
The gate of the complex was locked against the speaker and this enabled the hoodlums to pelt his vehicles with stones and other objects.
Imam expressed shock at the incident, saying the House did not see the attack coming.
However, the speaker said he relaxed when policemen deployed to the House assured him that they were in the assembly complex to maintain peace and order.
Imam, who told journalists that the House had adjourned indefinitely, expressed reservation at the conduct of the policemen during the attack on the assembly.
He said: “We have been witnessing crises in assemblies but it had always been in-house. But this one coming from outsiders makes it news. The hoodlums came in and took over in the presence of the policemen.
“The business of the day was carried out with the assurances from the commissioner of police but the hoodlums had a free day in the presence of the policemen.”