Thugs Invade Kogi Assembly, Strip Lawmaker
No sooner had the lawmakers started the day’s plenary than thugs numbering over 100 arrived in three Hilux vans and rushed into the chamber of the Kogi Assembly, and started beating members.
A member representing Igalamala/Odolu, Friday Makama, got more than he bargained for as he was stripped by the thugs.
Makama, who was billed to formally resume on Tuesday after the court declared his six months suspension void, was severely beaten and stripped naked.
The Speaker, Imam Umar Ahmed, other lawmakers and security aides attached to the principal officers of the House took to their heels to escape being beaten by the rampaging thugs.
Some of them, in a bid to escape, scaled the windows of the assembly while journalists watching proceedings from the gallery scampered to safety by jumping the fence of the Assembly complex.
The security men attached to the House watched helplessly as members were thoroughly molested.
The thugs were also seen filming the beating.
Makama was suspended in February for six months by the House for taking the Assembly to court for giving extra-spending approval to Governor Yaya Bello when the workers were being owed salaries.
He, however, approached the state high court to challenge his suspension. The court declared his suspension null and void and ordered the leadership of the House to reinstate the lawmaker.