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Tension in Ekiti: Police, Speaker disagree on deployment of officers to Assembly complex

There is tension in Ekiti State as armed police officers have taken over the environs of the Ekiti State House of Assembly complex.
The police said on Thursday that they were only providing security for lawmakers and staff members of the assembly.

But the Speaker of the Assembly, Kolawole Oluwawole, has alleged that the move was borne out of the plan to seize the authority of the legislature to create mischief and destabilise the state.

The Assembly had shortly after the July 14 governorship election adjourned sitting until October, after condemning the outcome of the election.
However, three of the house members, who are of the All Progressives Congress, rejected the adjournment and called on the security agencies to provide them with security as they were prepared to continue their legislative duties.
Mr Oluwawole claimed in a statement on Thursday that the police “invaded” the assembly complex late Wednesday night on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Bello Ahmed.

According to the speaker, the police commissioner had claimed that he received a letter from the Clerk of the House, Tola Esan, purportedly seeking security deployment in the premises of the House.
He said Mr Esan had written to the commissioner of police, dissociating himself from any letter and describing such letter as forged.

He said the clerk of the house also spoke with journalists on camera, stating categorically that he did not write any letter to the police seeking deployment of security officials and that the Assembly is on recess till October 8.
“The question we now wish to ask the commissioner of police is; who wrote the purported letter and where did he get it from?” queried Mr Oluwawole.

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