Police repel attempted attack on Ekiti Assembly - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Friday, November 18, 2022

Police repel attempted attack on Ekiti Assembly

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The Ekiti State Police Command said it has repelled alleged attack by hoodlums to burn down Ekiti State House of Assembly complex, on Friday.

According to the Command's Public Relations Officer, DSP Sunday Abutu, officers of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, were on ground to repel the hoodlums who were chased into a nearby bush.

He confirmed that the hoodlums, numbering 10, carrying two 25 litre kegs of petrol invaded the Assembly Complex around 4 am and made efforts to set it ablaze. 

Abutu said: "I can confirm to you that these hoodlums carrying two kegs filled with  petrol and also armed with cutlasses and other weapons came to burn down the assembly at the wee hours of today (Friday).

"The intention they had was that police had left the place, because our patrol vehicles had been withdrawn from the two gates. They thought the place was no longer under security cover. They came through a section of of the complex, but they were resisted.

"The operatives of the RRS gave them a hot chase into the bush and recovered two kegs filled with petrol from them, among other dangerous exhibits.

"We want to warn our people not to turn the assembly into a theatre of war. It is an arm of government that must be respected . They called it hallowed chambers, so people should desist from creating unnecessary crisis.

"Let me also said that our men and officers are on ground to repel any dangerous moves being made by mischief makers to spark up trouble in any part of the state."

Abutu added that  the police haven't arrested anyone in connection with the attempted attack, but revealed that they are on their trail.

Recall that crisis emanated in the State Assembly on Tuesday, following the election of the lawmaker representing Ikole constituency 1, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, as the Speaker, to replace the late Funminiyi Afuye, who died on October 19,2022.

In the election conducted during plenary, Aribisogan garnered a total of 15 votes to defeat the lawmaker representing Emure constituency, Hon Olubunmi Adelugba, who scored 10.

The Police Commissioner, Morounkeji Adesina, sensing danger and signs of security breach, deployed his men to shut down the assembly to ensure safety and security of lives and property. 

The events led to members of staff of the assembly being chased out in the process to prevent being caught in the web of looming factional crisis.

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