Police repel as hoodlums invade Ekiti Assembly with cutlasses, petrol

In the early hours of Friday, the hoodlums, numbering about ten attempted to gain entry into the Ekiti State House of Assembly complex but operatives of policemen repelled.

According to the report, the hoodlums were said to have attempted to gain entry into the Assembly complex with the belief that the operatives who had earlier laid siege there in the past few days had vacated.

They were said to have armed themselves with cutlasses and Jerry cans filled with petrol with which they wanted to set the building on fire.

The policemen on the ground were said to have repelled them and recovered the fuel and some of the Cutlasses abandoned by the fleeing suspected arsonists.

Confirming the development, the Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti state Police Command, CSP Sunday Abutu, said that the invasion happened in the wee hours of the day.

He explained that the development had confirmed the intelligence received by the Command about a week ago, which necessitated the deployment of additional personnel to secure the Complex.

He said that investigation had commenced with the aim of arresting the suspects, urging the public to supply credible intelligence in that regard and to be security conscious.

Recall that Gboyega Aribisogan was elected as the new Speaker of the House of Assembly on Tuesday following the death of the late Speaker, Funminyi Afuye.

He was sworn in as Speaker by the Clerk of the House, Tola Esan, following his victory.

The source said some politicians in the state are displeased with the outcome of the election that brought in the new Speaker of the Assembly, Gboyega Aribisogan on Tuesday.

Aribisogan defeated Bunmi Adelugba by 15-10 despite efforts by the immediate former governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi to impose his candidate on the people, in a move to retain control of the state legislature.

Sources gathered that Fayemi disrespected the state governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji in his move to ensure Adelugba, who represents the Emure constituency, emerged as the Speaker.

Sources said Fayemi on Sunday summoned top politicians in the state to his house and categorically told them to support Adelugba for the vacant position. He, however, failed to invite the governor to the gathering where the plot was being made to technically give himself a third term in office by retaining control of the House.

Fayemi and Oyebanji, whom he supported to succeed him in the office are already at loggerheads less than a month after the latter took the oath of office, Sahara Reporters reports.

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