A breaking news this afternoon stated that the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, and the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Wilson Inalegwu, on Tuesday locked up the Kogi State House of Assembly Complex to prevent plenary from taking place.
According to the report by DAILY POST, the development was an attempt to halt the planned removal of the Majority Leader of the House, Matthew Kolawole, who is said to be a staunch supporter of the state governor.
But in a swift reaction, the governor who was speaking through his DG protocol told journalists that it`s unfortunate that some mischievous elements could just wake up and formulate stories and some media houses would go to press with it without doing adequate investigation.
He said that the Governors has been very busy with state duties since morning, starting with a meeting delegates from the World Bank projects implementation support group, between 9am and 10.30am, then had another meeting with the management of Kogi State College of Education, Okene, between 11.30 am and 12.30pm and all these meetings took place at government House Lokoja.
In his words; the Governor, “His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello has never stepped out of Lugard House since morning, not even out of his office where he has been very busy all day, even as we speak, 5:18pm, Tuesday”.
The report being disputed by the Governor also said that the State Commissioners of Justice and Finance; Mohammed Ibrahim and Idris Asiwaju, were also slated to testify before the House of Assembly how the state government utilized the bailout funds and the two tranches of the Paris-Club loan refunds received from the federal government.
He said: “The Kogi State House of Assembly is locked as we speak. Governor Yahaya Bello and the State Commissioner of Police stormed the complex this morning with some officers and thugs invited by one Hon. Bello who represents Ajaokuta State constituency to lock up the premises in order to prevent plenary from holding today.
Commending on the incident, opposition youth leader in the State, Austin Okai, described the action of the Governor and the Police Commissioner as a plot to truncate democracy in the State and institutionalize autocracy where in the legislature is suspended from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities.
The DG Protocol, Kogi State Government, Pharm. Jamiu however regarded the whole story as lies from the pit of hell, especially when the name of one Austin Okai is mentioned in it and advised the general public to be careful of anything from the Okai guy whom he described as someone who survives on telling lies and knocking people`s heads together.
He said; “It is only people who do not know Okai that still take him seriously, he does nothing but telling lies from one place to another for some pocket money, we should not be seen to be talking about someone whose interest is to run down our government with collaboration with his sponsors, but I tell you my brother, we are not perturbed, the governor remains resolute and committed to the delivering of the dividends of democracy and good governance to the good people of Kogi state”
The DG ended by challenging Okai and his cohorts to produce pictures of the Governor at the House of Assembly today, Tuesday.
“Let him produce pictures of His Excellency to the press, where he was seen at the Assembly complex. I challenge them to produce any photo”, Pharm. Mohammad Jamiu concluded.