Thugs beat Senator inside Kogi Govt. House.
6 suspects arrested, unauthorized persons banned from Govt House.
IDRIS AHMED, Lokoja.
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has expressed anger and disappointment over the unfortunate incident right in front of the Governor’s office, where a Senator was allegedly beaten to a pulp by some thugs.
In a swift reaction to the unfortunate incident, the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has ordered for the arrests of 6 persons suspected to be involved in the beating of Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onogwu Muhammed, said following the harassment of some members of the National Assembly, who were part of the team that paid a courtesy visit on the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello at his office in Lokoja, six persons have been arrested on the order of the governor.
According to the CPS, the he Governor has subsequently banned unauthorized persons from accessing the government House, while calling for investigation and immediate prosecution of the culprits.
The lawmakers from Kogi State, at the National Assembly had visited Governor Bello on Tuesday evening to congratulate him on the peaceful and credible conduct of the November 11 Governorship election and to pledge their unalloyed loyalty to him and the incoming administration.
The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Muhammed Onogwu explained that shortly after the fruitful discussion with the delegation,, the governor received with rude shock the news of the harassment of some of the lawmakers on their way out of the government house and swiftly ordered the arrest of the culprits..
Onogwu said the Governor has also charged security agencies to investigate the issue thoroughly and ensure the offenders face the full wrath of the law.
Onogwu quoted the governor to have said, “Information just got to me as I left the office to the residence that one man called Suleiman and others embarrassed Senator Jibrin Echocho in Government House. I’ve directed Chief Security Officer (CSO) to arrest all those involved in such stupid act and bring them to justice immediately. I will never condone act of hooliganism and indiscipline.”
Among the members who visited on Tuesday were Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho of Kogi East, Senator Sunday Karimi of Kogi West, Rt Hon Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims of Ankpa Federal Constituency and Hon Zachariah Idris of Idah Federal Constituency.
Others include, Hon Sani Abdulrahim Egidi of Ajaokuta Federal Constituency, Hon Abdulrahim Danga (PDP) of Okehi/Adavi Federal, Hon Gowon Haruna of Dekina/Bassa Federal Constituency and Hon Tijani Ozigi of Okene/Ogori Federal Constituency.
Also on the delegation were Hon Danladi Aguye of Lokoja/Koto Federal Constituency and Hon Salman Idris (ADC) of Kabba/Ijumu.