Thursday, 17 December 2015

Benue Lawmakers Boycott Sitting

 Members of the Benue State House of Assembly yesterday boycotted sitting in protest against the alleged decision of the Assistant Inspector-General (AIG), Zone 4, to withdraw the security men attached to the Speaker, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange.

It was learnt that the AIG’s son yesterday allegedly drove recklessly and almost hit a woman and her four-year-old child in front of the Speaker’s home. They came to see the Speaker.

An eyewitness said the Speaker’s security men rushed out to find out who drove recklessly and ordered the driver to come out for interrogation, but he allegedly refused, boasting that as the AIG’s son, nobody could caution him.

The source said the young man allegedly insulted the security men and vowed to lock them up, including the Speaker, as his father was the AIG.

He said a few minutes later, the AIG allegedly sent officers to arrest the Speaker’s security men after his son told him that they manhandled him.

The eyewitness said the AIG allegedly ordered that the security men attached to the Speaker be withdrawn.

He said when news reached the lawmakers, they called Governor Samuel Ortom, promising to boycott sittings until the Speaker’s security was restored. They described the AIG’s action as an abuse of power.

The source said the governor directed the police commissioner, who visited the Assembly and apologised for the treatment meted out to the Speaker.

He said the police boss, who later met with the legislators, appealed to them not to compound the matter and confirmed the release of the arrested officers.

Addressing the commissioner and his colleagues after the meeting, the Speaker appealed for calm, saying following the police boss’ intervention, he would forget about the matter.

He promised to visit the AIG to resolve the issue. Ikyange appreciated the solidarity shown by his colleagues.

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