Gunmen have caused panic in the Kogi State Legislative quarters by shooting into the air as the crisis rocking the Assembly continues to take new routes.
The crises in the Kogi State House of Assembly took another dimension when some gunmen, in the early hours of yesterday, reportedly invaded the Assembly’s Legislative Quarters, situated along Ganaja Road, and shot sporadically, causing panic in the area.
Prince Matthew Kolawole, the spokesman of the G-15 lawmakers, speaking on the incident, said that the gunmen, who drove into the quarters in a Toyata Hilux van at about 2:00am, shot sporadically into the air for over 30 minutes and left.
“This development attracted a detachment of policemen from C Division, Lokoja, to the complex, shortly after the gunmen left,” he said. “We see this as an attempted assassination on the G-15 members.”.
He said that the G-15 lawmakers, who planned to resume their sitting yesterday, were stopped by the detachment of men of the military, whom he alleged were acting under the directives of the powers-that-be in the state.
According to Daily Trust, the G-15 lawmakers, resumed sitting last week, following a judgment of a Federal High Court, delivered in Abuja on May 19, nullifying the impeachment of Jimoh Lawal led leadership of the House by a group of 5 (G-5) lawmakers, led by Imam Umar.
It was learnt that policemen deployed to the Assembly complex to maintain law and order almost had a showdown with men of the military, a development that made the police commissioner to withdraw his men.
Meanwhile, the members of the Umar Imam-led faction of the lawmakers, who allegdely have the support of the Kogi State governor, however, found their way into the Assembly complex where they held plenary, with a motion moved condemning the ‘invasion’ of the Assembly by the G-15.
The members described the ‘invasion’ as a “desecration of the hallowed chamber.”
Reacting to the development, Malam Abdulmalik Abdulkarim, the special adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on media and strategy, said that his principal had no hand in the crisis rocking the Assembly.