Ogun Assembly exchanges punch, speaker and deputy suspended

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The Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Prince Suraj Adekunbi and his deputy, Mr. Tola Banjo, have been suspended indefinitely by members of the House.

10 other lawmakers were also affected in what was seen as an escalation of the crisis currently rocking the state Assembly.

14 lawmakers led by Honourable Remmy Hassan initiated the move that led to the suspension of Adekunbi, Banjo and other affected members of the House.

During Tuesday’s plenary, Adekunbi invited the majority leader, Mr. Israel Jolaoso to move a motion for the amendment of the Bill on how the state could obtain loan or bond facilities, but the 14 lawmakers kicked the bid by the state government to get approval for the loan through the House.

For more than an hour tension enveloped both the floor of the House and the complex hosting the operative of the Department of State Security Service(DSS), armed police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC), which battled to contain the rowdy environment.

In the ensuing melee, the Ogun Assembly mace was broken into pieces while journalists covering the House proceedings were “tear – gassed” by the security agents.


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