7th September, 2010
State Security Service, SSS, operatives this morning shut down the Ogun State House ofÂ Assembly following yesterdayâ€™s kangaroo impeachment by minority members of the House.
Confirming the closure to P.M.NEWS, the state director of SSS revealed that the order cameÂ from Abuja that the Assembly premises should be shut to avoid further crisis.
There was pandemonium at the Oke-Mosan premises of the Assembly as some workers were seenÂ running helter-skelter while others were not allowed into the premises by fully armedÂ policemen who had been drafted to the premises.
P.M.NEWS reliably gathered that the G-9 members who reportedly rose from an all-nightÂ meeting with Governor Gbenga Daniel this morning had planned to sit this morning toÂ â€˜confirmâ€™ their legality, but were prevented from entering the premises.
According to an inside source, â€œthe G-9 members led by Soyemi Coker were with the governorÂ for a nocturnal meeting and had planned to hold a sitting in the House today, but wereÂ prevented by the security operatives.â€
It was discovered that all the security personnel in the House of Assembly were yesterday,Â changed by the G-9 to enhance their protection and successful continuation of their meetingÂ this morning, but the closure derailed their plans.
A member of the G-15 who pleaded anonymity told P.M.NEWS on phone that the Hosue of AssemblyÂ is still intact, adding that the Speaker, Tunji Egbetokun is still in charge.
â€œWe were expected to seat today under the legal leadership of Hon. Egbetokun, but theÂ director of SSS informed us that there was a directive from Abuja to close down the House.
â€œWe are seriously restrategising on the next line of action. We are not going to courtÂ because the illegality is very glaring. People of Ogun State should remain calm and go aboutÂ their business without fear,â€ the member stated.
Meanwhile, youths identified as Mafia boys yesterday stormed the Akute, Ogun State residenceÂ of Hon. Egbetokun, vandalising the whole building with stones and other weapons. EgbetokunÂ and his family were not, however, at home when they stormed the place.
As a result of the crisis, Governor Gbenga Daniel was reported to have been invited by theÂ presidency over the alleged involvement of his police aide in breaking into the House ofÂ Assembly.
The policeman, Ali Baba King with force number 360558 who serves in the governorâ€™s officeÂ allegedly led the G-9 members to break into the House of Assembly for the kangarooÂ impeachment.
â€”Jide Osokoya & ABiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta