Posted by News Express | 17 December 2015 | 3,026 times
The crisis rocking the Kogi State House of Assembly worsened, on Wednesday, as suspected thugs attacked some members of the assembly and destroyed their vehicles.
The vehicles of the factional Speaker, Godwin Osiyi; the Deputy Speaker, John Abba, and the Majority Leader, Matthew Kolawole, were vandalised.
The attack, which was carried out in the premises of a hotel in Lokoja, the state capital, was said to have seen the thugs invading the premises with weapons.
It was gathered that the thugs, numbering about 10, invaded the hotel along Kunama Crescent adjacent the “A” division of the Nigeria Police GRA, Lokoja.
They were said to have jumped down from the Hilux vehicle that brought them and started shooting sporadically, destroying two Prado jeeps and one Kia Sportage that belonged to the legislators.
The invasion led to pandemonium within the premises of the hotel as workers and guests ran helter skelter.
Narrating their ordeal to newsmen after the invasion, Osiyi said they escaped by the whiskers.
According to him, he had got a distress call from Kolawole that he had been attacked in town by some hoodlums.
He said the lawmakers decided to drive down to the hotel to deliberate on the issue when the suspected thugs invaded the hotel.
He said before they could call for help, the thugs had destroyed the cars and threatened to kill the owners of the vehicles.
He said apart from the vehicles that were destroyed, the attackers also stole money and other valuables in the cars.
He said it was unfortunate that the attack came a day after the state governor, Capt Idris Wada, met with the two factions and sued for peace.
Osiyi, however, said the security agencies in the state had been alerted over the development. (Nigerian Tribune)
•Photo courtesy of KogiReports.com shows one of the victims, Hon. Godwin Osiyi.
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