Officers of the Kogi State Police Command have on Wednesday morning besieged and sealed the State House of Assembly complex on the order of the National Assembly following the lingering leadership tussle that has bedeviled the house in the last three months.
The development which took the workers of the state assembly by surprise follows the failure of the Assembly to resolve its crisis and the order by the senate that the House be sealed.
Speaking on the seal-off, Mr Aliyu Akuh, deputy to the embattled speaker Momoh-Jimoh Lawal said the crisis remained unresolved as earlier directive to return to status quo ante by the House of Representatives was ignored by the five members.
“What happened with five members seeking to impeach a speaker in a house of 20 members is an aberration, unheard of and more so that some members’ names and signatures were forged and included as being part of them.
“We had to go to the higher authority which is the National Assembly vested with the constitutional powers to intervene in such situations. The House of Representatives ordered the seal-off and it was concurred by the Senate,” he said.
On its part, factional speaker, Alhaji Umar Imam described the seal-off as illegal saying that for the National Assembly to have gone ahead to seal-off the assembly in spite of the fact that the matter was pending in court was tantamount to illegality.
It was gathered that the road leading to the complex was barricaded by armed policemen who subjected staff of the assembly to scrutiny and only allowed them entry upon confirmation they that they were staff.