Following the unresolved crisis that has engulfed the Kogi State House of Assembly and the subsequent resolution by the House of Representatives and the senate to take over the functions of the Assembly, the police high command has yesterday in Lokoja, sealed off the complex against the lawmakers.,
The investigation revealed that as early as 6am on Wednesday the main entrance to the assembly complex was blocked by the stern looking armed policemen who barred the factional lawmakers who came to conduct ministerial budget defense from gaining access to the complex.
Also the road leading to the complex was barricaded by armed policemen who subjected staff of the assembly to scrutiny and only allowed them in upon confirmation of their employment status through their Identity Cards.
One of the security agents at the gate who preferred anonymity told Daily independent that they were acting on the order of the Commissioner of Police following a directive from the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Speaking on the seal-off, Mr Aliyu Akuh, deputy speaker and the member representing Omala state constituency said the crisis remained unresolved as earlier directive to return to status quo ante by the House of Representatives was ignored by the five members.
He said it was an aberration for five out of the then 20 members of the assembly to impeach the speaker on whom the remaining 15 members had passed a vote of confidence in his leadership.
Akuh said that the 15 members considered the action of the minority five members as an infringement on the constitution of the country, stressing that it was to entrench democratic culture in the body politics that the group of 15 members have been challenging the impunity.
“What happened with five members seeking to impeach a speaker in a house of 20 members is an aberration, unheard of and more so that some members’ names and signatures were forged and included as being part of them.
“We had to go to the higher authority which is the National Assembly vested with the constitutional powers to intervene in such situations. The House of Representatives ordered the seal-off and it was concurred by the Senate”, he said.
On the position of the law with the purported suit filed by the five members at the Federal High Court, Lokoja challenging the intervention of the National Assembly on the impasse, Akuh said there was no injunction or court order restraining the National Assembly.
The factional speaker, Alhaji Umar Imam described the seal-off as illegal and of no effect saying that for the National Assembly to have gone ahead to seal-off the assembly in spite of the fact that the matter was pending in court smacked of illegality.
Imam who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Umar Ali said the action of the National Assembly was a clog in the growth of the state as all legislative businesses especially the passage of the 2016 Appropriation Bill would be affected.
Efforts to get the state command of the Nigeria Police to confirm failed as the Public Relations Officer, Williams Aya in a text message said he was on official assignment.