The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Saturday said that four of its members are missing following invasion of the Assembly Complex on Friday evening by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS).
Image: Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose
The Speaker of the Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, who addressed newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Saturday, said the members of the Assembly were in their various duty posts in the house when the operatives of the DSS invaded the Complex.
Oluwawole said: “Not minding that various Committees of the House were meeting, more than 10 DSS men who were armed to the teeth invaded the Assembly Complex, shooting sporadically into the air, thereby causing panic among members and staff of the House of Assembly, who had to scamper for safety.
“At the end of the commotion created by this barbaric act, we discovered that four of our members could not be found.”
“It was only this morning that we were able to establish that Hon. Afolabi Akanni, representing Efon Constituency was abducted and taken to Abuja.
Whereabouts of the other members is still unknown as we speak, and reasons for the invasion and abduction of our members are not known.”
The Speaker who was joined by 13 other members of the House for the press briefing said that the DSS operatives were from Abuja.
The House accused President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the invasion, saying:
“We got it on good authority that the script now being acted by the DSS is part of the APC and President Buhari’s clandestine plot to cripple the Ekiti State government by arresting and detaining top functionaries of the government.”
The Assembly said that “the plot is to harass, intimidate and embarrass top officials of the Ayodele Fayose government because of his critical stance on the Buhari’s government.”
The House however expressed its readiness to reject any form of intimidation, saying “we wish to inform those orchestrating the harassment and intimidation of officials of the Ekiti State government, especially honourable members of the State House of Assembly that this is 2016 and not 2006.
“The same tactics used 10 years ago to truncate democracy in Ekiti State will not work this time.”
“They said they wished to tell the APC agents of political instability that this time round, this House of Assembly will not be available for any ungodly use,” they added.
“While we are not afraid of persecution from anyone or government agency, including the DSS, we wish to state that the level at which the Buhari-led Federal Government is taking political vendetta and muzzling of opposition both in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and within the APC is dangerous to the survival of democracy in the country.”
“Nigeria is not a banana republic that can be ruled anyhow and anyone, let it be reiterated once again that this House of Assembly is a partner in the progress of the Ekiti state government under the able leadership of Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose.
“Therefore, the Abuja based agents of destabilisation should get it into their heads that we will never be harassed or intimidated into buying into their sinister agenda,” the Speaker warned.
The DSS is believed to be playing President Muhammadu Buhari’s script.
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