Kogi Assembly Suspends Nine Members, Eight Council Chairmen
- Nine lawmakers in the Kogi state House of Assembly have been suspended on the orders of Governor Yahaya Bello
- The lawmakers were accused of sponsoring terrorism, although no evidence was made public by the leadership of the House
- The House of Assembly also suspended seven council chairmen on allegations of electoral violence
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Lokoja - Kogi state House of Assembly has suspended nine members on allegations bordering on terrorism, The Guardian reports.
This was after the House Speaker, Mathew Kolawole, read a letter from the state governor, Yahaya Bello, alleging that the lawmakers engaged in terrorist acts based on security reports.
The Deputy Speaker, Alfa Rabiu Momoh, representing Ankpa II State Constituency, while contributing to the debate on the allegation levelled against them, supported the suspension of the lawmakers,
He said the state is bigger than any personal interest and that lawmakers should not be found contravening the law.
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Also, Collins Musa, representing Omala State Constituency, aligned himself with the Deputy Speaker, saying that issue that borders on terrorism is too significant to be swept under the carpet.
The House, therefore, placed the nine lawmakers on suspension until investigation is concluded.
The suspended lawmakers are Olusola Kilani (Ijumu), Bello Hassan (Ajaokuta), Muhammed Lawi Ahmed (Okene I), Moses Akande (Ogori/Magongo), Aderonke Aro (Yagba West), Daniyan Ranyi (Bassa), Atule Igbunu (Ibaji), Atachaji Musa (Idah) and Muktar Bajeh (Okehi).
Similarly, the House placed on suspension seven council chairmen on allegation of electoral violence.
The chairmen are that of Bassa with his vice, Ogori/Magongo and his vice; Yagba West; Kabba/Bunu and his vice; Adavi and Ajaokuta local councils.
Kogi governor’s nephew, others’ N3billion case resumes May 22
Meanwhile, Justice Kolawole Omotosho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the hearing of an alleged N3billion case against Ali Bello nephew to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, and three others to Monday, May 22.
Punch reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on February 8, 2023, arraigned Bello, alongside Abba Adauda, Yakubu Adabenege, and Iyadai Sadat, on an 18-count criminal charge and they pleaded not guilty.
NHRC to invite Gov Bello, MC Oluomo over pre-election conduct
Recall that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said it would invite Governor Bello and the chairman of Lagos State Parks Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, a.k.a. MC Oluomo.
The NHRC stated that the duo would be invited for questioning following their behaviours and inciting comments during the 2023 general election.
While Governor Bello destroyed a road leading to his political opponents’ village, MC Oluomo threatened non-indigenes in Lagos.
MC Oluomo issues threat to non-APC supporters in Lagos
Legit.ng had earlier reported that APC chieftain Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo, had, before the election, warned those who won’t vote for the party in Lagos to stay at home.
MC Oluomo issued the threat in a viral video that sparked outrage nationwide.
Nigerians who reacted to the threats alleged that security agencies had been compromised in the state for not arresting the ruling party’s chieftain.