- As ‘strangers’ ground legislative activities
Plenary session at the Edo State House of Assembly Monday came to a halt due to what the Chairman House Committee on Information, Youth and Sport, Hon Adjoto Kabiru described as ‘strangers’ within their midst
In the midst of the court orders preventing the suspended members including Hon. Festus Ebea, Friday Ogieriakhi, Jude Ise-Idehen and Patrick Osayimen from coming within the precinct of the assembly, were all present at the hallow chambers
Tension continued to flare up among the factional lawmakers as they were seen struggling with each other in the hallow chambers
Besides, the member representing Esan Central, Hon Victor Edoror, who recently defected to the (APC) from PDP, pushed Kingsley Ehigiamusoe, (PDP) representing Igueben Constituency for unknown reasons.
However, the quick intervention of Mr. Speaker Uyi Igbe and Mr. Emmanuel Okoduwa, a member representing Esan North East saved the day as Hon Editor was near punching the later on his face after he had palmed him on the chest.
Trouble started when both members engaged in a heated argument which led a shouting match between the lawmakers lasted for about five minutes before calm returned to the house.
The two warring lawmaker later entered into another round of peace talk without the presence of the mace.
As the crisis continued unabated, lawmakers including journalists were subjected to total body checks by a combined team of police, DSS and NSCDC operatives, who had condoned the Chief Anthony Enahoro Complex as early as 5.30 just as vehicles belonging to lawmakers were parked outside the assembly premises.
Journalists were also locked out from gaining access to the complex for about 45 minutes before the quick intervention of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Folusho Adebanji
It would be recalled that the Benin Monarch weekend had warned to the warring sides from action that would plunged the state into violence and seek for an amicable resolution of the crisis in the interest of the state.