By Simon Ebegbulem
THE Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Uyi Igbe and 14 other All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers, yesterday, escaped death after over one hundred armed mobile policemen deployed from Abuja to the state, took over the premises of the state House of Assembly.
The policemen who stormed the Assembly complex at about 11am started assaulting the staff of the Assembly in their offices, ordering them out of the premises.
The workers who are involved in the on going renovation of the Complex were equally chased away by the policemen. Following the pandemonium at the Assembly complex, a visibly shocked Speaker of the House, Uyi Igbe, came out from his office to confront the policemen led by one ASP, Florence Joseph.
The female police officer told the Speaker that they were acting on “orders from above” and threatened to shoot the Speaker if he attempted to stop them.
Angered by her comment, the 15 APC lawmakers challenged her to shoot them, vowing to resist any attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to use the police to destabilize the state.
“We will fight with the last drop of our blood, the presidency and the Inspector General of Police can kill all of us, we are prepared to die”, they echoed to the policemen.
As the argument between the APC lawmakers and the Policemen went on, the impeached Deputy Speaker of the House, Festus Ebea, said there was no need for the renovation, saying that it was an attempt by the APC to stop them from sitting.