How soldiers barred us, by Ekiti lawmakers

The 19 All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly yesterday recounted how they were barred from entering Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, by soldiers.

Led by Speaker Adewale Ominrin, they said they were stopped at Itawure, a boundary town, by soldiers.

In company of other 18 members, Majority Leader Churchil Adedipe, at a news briefing in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, gave a graphic account of how they were stopped even when the police were ready to escort them into the state.

Adedipe, who said they notified the police about their coming into the state to resume their legislative duties, vowed that they will not be deterred in their bid to impeach Governor Ayo Fayose.

Adedipe said that he suspected that the soldiers were acting on instructions from Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Momoh, the Commanding Officer of the  32 Artillery Brigade, Akure.

Adedipe said for over two hours, the soldiers prevented them from proceeding to Ado-Ekiti, adding that the information gathered by some of the lawmakers who made calls to people waiting for them at the State Assembly complex,  indicated that Fayose brought thugs to the premises of the Assembly.

The lawmaker said: “We want to assure the governor that any moment from now, we are going back to Ado-Ekiti.ý”

Omirin said Fayose had committed impeachable offences and willbe impeached.

He said: “Despite officially writing Commissioner of Police Taiwo Lakanu, informing him of our sitting, Governor Fayose, his Special Adviser on Political Matters and Commissioner for Works still led thugs into the premises of the Assembly to disrupt activities there.

”We have started this process and nothing will stop us from finishing it. We have written Fayose on the allegations against him, including constitutional breaches and preventing Ekiti lawmakers from performing their duties. We will investigate him and finish this process.”

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