Friday, 11 March 2016

Ekiti lawmakers storm Abuja, demand release of arrested members.

Members of the Ekiti state House of Assembly yesterday stormed Abuja the federal capital territory and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Department of State Services (DSS) to release four of their members detained by the service since last Friday. File: 

The DSS operatives had reportedly invaded the state House of Assembly complex in Ado Ekiti and whisked away the four members to Abuja and said to be acting on the order from above. Briefing newsmen at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the Chairman, Ekiti House Committee on Information, Honourable Gboyega Aribisogan, said the call for the president to direct the release of the detained legislators has become imperative because the DSS would not embark on such action without presidential approval. 

According to him, “Like we have maintained plotters of evil against the government of Ayodele Fayose and by extension the people of Ekiti State will not get our support. 

APC Meantime, a Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has slammed the Department of State Security Service (DSS) over the alleged invasion of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and abduction of four lawmakers, saying they must realise that they are working for Nigerians and not a party or an individual. This was just as recently released Ekiti State’s Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development, Chief Toyin Ojo, dressed down the DSS for asking him questions that were based on mere rumours and lack merit. 

Babatope, who is former Minister of Transport and Director of Organisation for Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), spoke yesterday in Ado-Ekiti when he paid a solidarity visit to Governor Ayo Fayose, In a related development, Chief Ojo, who was held by the DSS on Monday, after the alleged Assembly invasion, but was released on Tuesday, March 8, said many of the questions the DSS asked him were irrelevant and baseless. “They asked me irrelevant questions at the DSS. For instance, they asked what happened to about N1.4 billion that the state received on Ado-Ifaki Road, and I told them I wasn’t aware that any such money was paid into the Ekiti State Government Account since I came into government.


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