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Juju scare: Ekiti Assembly sets up probe panel

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has set up a panel to probe the source of fetish objects found at the assembly’s premises last week.

On Monday, fetish objects, stained with blood were discovered within the vicinity of the offices of the Speaker, Tunji Odeyemi and that of the clerk of the assembly.

The incident created a scare and disrupted the sitting of the house for one week. Both lawmakers and workers deserted the assembly complex, as they were afraid of being killed by the objects.

The Clerk of the House, Mr Akintunde Famoyegun, said in Ado-Ekiti yesterday that the leadership of the house was interested in knowing those who conspired to put the fetish objects at the Assembly.

He expressed hope that the panel’s report would enable the assembly to know those who were responsible for the reprehensible act.

“We suspect there was a collaboration by our personnel with outsiders in putting the fetish objects at the assembly but we cannot establish that for now until the investigation panel submits its reports.

“We recognise the porosity and weakness of our security system but that notwithstanding, we are tackling the challenge”.

“This will be the second time fetish object would be found at the assembly complex and with this development, we have seen the need to beef up the security at the Assembly for such a thing not to occur again, ” he said.

The clerk added that as part of security measures, a letter had been sent to the State Police Commissioner for deployment of additional police officers to the Assembly complex. He added that there was the need to fence the assembly complex.

According to him, “We have written to the Police Commissioner for additional policemen at the Assembly, especially the mobile ones.  “The Assembly will also work on the fencing of the premises immediately this year’s budget is approved”.

Famoyegun added that the Assembly’s staff had been counselled on the need to be more security conscious, as well as refuse to be induced in whatever form, by ‘external forces.’


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