The Edo State police command on Friday raised alarm over a plot by politicians to unleash mayhem on the state during resumption of plenary on Monday at the state House of Assembly, warning that it will not hesitate to deal with anybody that attempts to plunge the state into crisis.
The state assembly was during the week thrown into a leadership crisis following the suspension and counter suspension of the deputy speaker, Hon Festus Ebea, and the Speaker, Hon Uyi Igbe and others. The assembly has further been divided into pro and anti-Gov. Adams Oshiomhole camps with the latter allegedly plotting the governor’s impeachment.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Foluso Adebanjo, who gave the warning when he paraded 42 suspects involved in armed robbery, defilement, kidnapping and murder, including a 42-year-old pastor who raped a 12 year old girl, lamented a situation where politicians in the state were heating the polity unnecessarily.
Adebanjo also lamented that “in the last few days, the Edo State police command has done its best to contend with the crisis without loss of lives. From the information available, politicians are heating up the polity by making unguarded statements, creating unnecessary tension in the state”.
He added: “Information from undisclosed sources revealed that political stalwarts and supporters are arming thugs with offensive weapons for a showdown at the Edo State House of Assembly on Monday 16th June 2014. The Edo State police command therefore is using this medium to warn politicians, party supporters and political thugs to have a rethink and desist from making unguarded statements capable of creating chaos at the state House of Assembly.
“The command wishes to warn and advise politicians to follow due process through the courts or political solutions in resolving the disagreement amongst themselves. For the avoidance of doubt and purpose of clarity, the command will not tolerate any act of thuggery but encourage the good citizens of Edo State to be law abiding and go about their lawful business without fear of harassment”.