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House workers protest colleagues’ arrest

By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba — SITTING was almost partially disrupted at Delta State House of Assembly, yester-day, as workers, including legislative clerks who usually provide necessary adminis-trative assistance during sittings, staged a protest.

Trouble started, Tuesday afternoon, when four of the staff were picked up by the police for questioning over alleged fraud said to have been unearthed by a committee set up by the House.

There was rowdy atmos-phere in the premises of the House as the workers filed out of the complex in protest.
Security was, however, beefed up as a result of the commotion.

Consequently, the House sat without the legislative hands except the Clerk of the House and two directors who provided skeletal services while the sitting lasted.

Commenting on the incident,  Speaker, Mr. Martin Okonta, told journalists in his office that, “a committee was set up to verify award of some minor jobs.”

discovered fraudulent intentions, use of eraser to clean records and fresh letters issued over the jobs.
“So about four of them (workers) were involved and police came to arrest them.”
four of them who had already confessed that they did it”.

The speaker said that before the sitting of the House, he met with the representatives of the workers in his office, but was surprised that when the members came for sitting, the workers were called out protesting.

The House has adjourned to 24th of this month, which the Speaker explained to reporters,  was not due to the crisis.
He said the constitution permitted them to regulate their sitting.


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