Senate intervenes in Ondo Assembly crises

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has by its resolution directed the Police to allow members of the Ondo State House of Assembly to uninterruptedly carry out their legislative functions.

The resolution of the Senate followed a motion by the Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi on happenings in the state Assembly.

Speaking on her motion, Olujimi revealed that the crises in the Assembly followed a change of leadership in the House.

“At a point in time, the members decided that they were going to change their presiding officers, and they did so.  The new presiding officers were sworn in but immediately after and as they got into their offices to hold a plenary session, thugs invaded the chambers. Most of them were beaten, some of them are currently in the hospital, one of them has a head injury,” the Minority Leader said.

Olujimi added that till date, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) were preventing majority of members from gaining entrance into the Assembly complex. She called for an investigation into the matter.

In his contribution, Senator Ajayi Boroffice who hails from Ondo State expressed displeasure over the role played by the Police who he accused of supervising “brutality” against members. On the other hand, Senator Baba Kaita (APC, Katsina) cautioned his colleagues against taking sides without proper investigation.

Also speaking, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu called for punishment for persons involved in harassing legislators through the implementation of the provisions of the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act, 2017.

The red chamber in its other resolution mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the matter and report back to the Senate on their findings.

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