Workers at the Benue state House of Assembly were Tuesday morning chased out of their various offices and duty posts by stern looking armed police personnel who also sealed off the Assembly complex
This came on the heels of Monday’s crisis between the state lawmakers who have splitter into two factions with a 22 member People Democratic Party, PDP, faction on one hand and eight member All Progressives Congress, APC, faction who raised impeachment notice on Governor Samuel Ortom on the other.
Confirming the development, Clerk of the State House, Dr. Torese Agena, said armed police personnel on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Besan Gwana forced workers in the Assembly complex out of their offices.
Agena said, “today after two hours of resumption of work, we had orders from the security men that the Benue state Commissioner of Police has given an order that all staff should vacate the Assembly.
“This to me is harassment, one that is to many because for two weeks now, staff of the Assembly have not been allowed to do their work. “That is why we are urging the media to assist us tell the Commissioner of Police, Benue command and to prevail on the Commander in Chief of this country to direct the Inspector General of Police to withdrew from the premises of the Assembly so that staff can do their work unhindered. I and all staff were chased out of the premises today.
“The Police personnel who chased us out told us that the Commissioner of Police ordered them to chase us out of the complex and no definite time was given as to when we would return to our duty posts.
“We are crying out because this action will stop us from doing our work and it is going to impede the work of the legislature. And of course it will obviously affect the livelihood of the generality of Benue people negatively.”
Speaking on the development, Security Adviser to the State Governor, Col. Paul Hemba(rtd.) who confirmed the development said he gathered from the Benue Police Commissioner that the order to seal off the complex by Police personnel were still at the Assembly complex for security purposes. According to him, “but I also got information of the police personnel chasing away the workers at the complex.