Operatives of the Nigerian Police have taken over the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.
Dozens of the security officials stormed the complex this Thursday morning, August 6, while patrol vehicles were stationed there, according a Channels Television report.
“The police officers were led to the Assembly by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Ayoola Ajala,” the report said.
The news broke as a media report said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its sacked National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, have mobilised Police from Abuja, the nation’s capital, to replace the officers from the Edo State Police Command stationed at the Anthony Enahoro complex of the Edo State House of Assembly.
The move, it was gathered, is preparatory to plots to take over the Assembly complex, which is undergoing reconstruction, with a view to illegally inaugurate 14 dissident members-elect, whose seats have long been declared vacant, so as to take control of the Assembly.
A source said: “Comrade Oshiomhole has started mobilising thugs to move to the complex so as to provide cover for the impending planned action to import a fake mace for the members-elect to work in cahoots with the impeached Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Yekini Idiaye to actualise this plot.”
A retired Deputy Clerk in the Assembly, Samuel Efezokhae, is said to have been mobilised to administer the oaths to inaugurate the dissident members-elect.