By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA – DISASTER was Monday averted in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital when some explosives said to have been made into a bomb was discovered at the State House of Assembly, venue of the inauguration of the 7th Legislative Assembly.
The programme was already underway during which, Mr. Suraju Adekanmbi from Egbado North II Constituency had emerged as Speaker before the bomb was discovered by one of the bomb disposal unit seconded to the house.
The development was however hushed up to prevent a stampede in the house as one of the experts who detonated it said that the explosive was enough to bring down the entire House of Assembly Complex.
Vanguard learnt that the explosive was discovered when members of the Bomb Disposal Squad were “sweeping” the House for the second time after the programme had started as it was found under the staircase to the Gallery, just before the entrance of the toilet throwing the few people who were aware into shock.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun in a swift reaction through his Senior Special Assistant on Media Communication said that he found such a “development not only condemnable but it also depicts the height of desperation and wickedness by some agents of violence still prowling the state.
“He believes such a development is alien to the state and vows that the administration will not allow agents of violence to peddle their trade in the state.
“The governor has however directed that the relevant security agencies to investigate the discovery and unmask those behind it and bring them to book”.
Meanwhile Mr. Suraju Adekanbi emerged as Speaker while Mr. Tola Banjo from Ijebu-Ode defeated Mrs. Adijat Motunrayo Oladapo by 15 votes to 10 to clinch the Deputy Speakership position. Israel Olujobi Jolaoso emerged Majority Leader while Samuel Solarin became Chief Whip.
Governor Amosun in his inauguration address said that he “intend to vigorously uphold and strengthen the principle of separation of powers needed for the checks and balances of our young but growing democracy”
He therefore challenged members of the House on the task ahead saying “firstly, we must start to rebuild the people’s confidence in their Government, and the people who make up Government at all levels. That cannot be done in a climate of rancor and chaos.
“Never in the history of this country has an arm of government been under lock and key for almost one year. Its capacity to perform its statutory functions was totally hindered. I am referring of course to the illegal closure of the Ogun State House of Assembly.
“It is not enough to recount what happened but, for us to take full advantage of it by learning from the immediate and remote causes of that situation, and its resultant consequences, economic, infrastructural and socio-political effects on our State and the people> It is therefore imperative that we do not allow a recurrence of that situation”