By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State House of Assembly Complex was on Wednesday, shut over a rumoured alleged invasion attempt by some unidentified hoodlums.
But armed policemen were stationed at strategic locations in the House vicinity to avert the purported invasion and break down of laws and order.
While the staff of the Assembly were also sighted trooping out of their offices to their respective homes.
Some of the workers who spoke with newsmen under anonymity, however explained that there was an order from the State Police Headquarters that workers should vacate the Assembly in the interest of peace, saying some people were planning to attack the House of Assembly.
The newly elected Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, during a telephone chat with newsmen, said there was no crisis in the assembly.
According to him, “the leadership of the Police Command in Ekiti informed us this morning that they had verifiable intelligence about some hoodlums coming to attack the assembly complex and to avoid breakdown of law and order, hence the need for their presence and they have promised to conduct investigation on the matter and report to us before the close of work today
“I want to encourage my colleagues and staff of the assembly to be patient and bear with us, normalcy will soon return to the house” Aribisogan said.
It would be recalled that Aribisogan was elected as the new Speaker of the Assembly on Tuesday after defeating Mrs Olubunmi Adelugba from Emure-Ekiti.
Reacting to the situation at the Assembly, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ekiti Command, DSP Sunday Abutu, said they took the prompt action by placing restriction to prevent breakdown of law and order.
Abutu told the members of the public not to entertain fear, saying the deployment was to safeguard the lives and government’s property over ominous signs that security was about to be breached at the Assembly’s complex.
The Police Spokesman, said; “We acted on security alert we received that some people were planning to invade the assembly, and we owe it a duty to safeguard the lives of the people and public utilities.
“We can’t wait or tarry and allow the lives of the staff of the assembly to be threatened by any means. So, we took proactive measure by deploying our men there to secure the assembly complex.
“Our people shouldn’t see our action as a big deal. No course for alarm. We are on top of the situation”