June 15, 2009

Kidnapped lawmaker resumes

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Gbenga Akanmu
The Lagos State House of Assembly member, Mr Hodewu Suru Avoseh, representing Badagry II, who was declared missing and later found, yesterday made his first appearance in the Assembly and declined to make detail comment on the issue based on police directive.

Avoseh was declared missing last month when his Nissan Pathfinder vehicle with number plate LAHA 26, with the key on ignition, was found abandoned in Atan near Agbara, Ogun State with his whereabouts unknown. He was found alive somewhere in Saki, Oyo State.

Avoseh, the Minority Leader of the state House of Assembly, speaking with newsmen yesterday at the Assembly complex, said he was kidnapped and not missing as earlier declared by the police.

Avoseh who was full of gratitude to God for surviving the ordeal that he described as terrible and horrific, said he managed to escape from his abductors by the Grace of God, though he refused to give details of how he escaped so as not to jeopardise police investigation.

Asked if he suspected anybody, Avoseh said: “The police are working seriously and they are making progress. I will not want to preempt them, and it would be premature for me talking while they are on their investigation, just give me time and the whole details will be out.”

He stated that his ordeal was not politically motivated and that he was not suspecting anybody. “No AC member has been hunting me, there is unity amongst us in this House and we have been working together as one in this House for the progress of Lagos State,” Avoseh said.

The Minority leader was full of thanks to his colleagues and Governor Babatunde Fashola, for their “financial, moral and spiritual support during my terrific and horrific predicament and since I came back.”