Attack on Kogi Assembly: Police Arrest Thugs, Summons Speaker, Two Others


…10 suspected thugs allegedly arrested at Commissioners’ quarters.

No fewer than ten suspected hoodlums have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the attack on the Kogi State House of Assembly.

In connection to the August 1 attack on the Assembly, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has invited the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole and two principal officers to Abuja.

Thugs attacked Kogi State House of Assembly unchecked on August 1, 2017, disrupting plenary sitting. In the course of the violence,  the member representing Igalamela/Odolu state constituency, Friday Sani, was attacked and seriously wounded.

Principal officers summoned along with the sSpeaker were the majority leader of the House, Hassan Abdullahi and the member representing Ankpa 1 state constituency, Ahmed Mohammed.

It was gathered that the lawmakers hurriedly left for Abuja after sitting on Thursday to explain their roles in the crisis that engulfed the house on August 1.

Their invitation, according to sources, may not be unconnected with the report made by Sani, who accused the said members as the masterminds of the attack on him.

It was learnt that the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) arrived Lokoja on Wednesday and arrested about 10 people, who allegedly participated in the attack on Assembly, at the commissioners’ quarters.

The involvement of the federal police officers was said to be sequel to the complaints by stakeholders over the roles played by the men of the Kogi state command during the attack.

It was also reliably gathered that the people that were picked up were identified through the video recordings of the activities in the house on the day of the invasion.

The state assembly was attacked on the August 1 by some suspected thugs, destroyed Assembly chamber and damages vehicles, while the police drafted to the scene watched them without acting.

The development in the Assembly, it was gathered, had started having effects on some men and officers of the police command as many of those attached to the assembly have been removed.

According to the sources,  the Mopol Commander in the state was removed and transfered from the state as his men were alleged to have supervised the invasion of the assembly by the suspected thugs.

But when contacted, the commissioner of police in the command, Wilson Inalegwu, said he was not aware of the arrest and the summon of the lawmakers.

However, the police boss did not rule out the possibility of the action by officer from the force headquarters.

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