NURTW men storm Ondo Assembly, attack lawmakers over impeachment

Ondo State
Ondo State

Like a scene from a Hollywood movie, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) invaded the Ondo State House of Assembly, beating lawmakers who had impeached the erstwhile speaker of the Assembly, Bamidele Oleyeloogun and his deputy, Mr Iroju Ogundeji, blue black.

Led by the Chairman of NURTW, Mr Jacob Adebo, popularly called Idajo, the NURTW members, armed with dangerous weapons including machetes, axes, cudgel and sticks, descended on everyone in sight including lawmakers, Assembly staff, journalists and even security agents.

The NURTW members also destroyed vehicles of some of the lawmakers as they attempted to escape from the premises. Among those injured in the melee was Mr Bimbo Fajolu, newly-elected Deputy Speaker. The lawmakers had exchanged blows earlier, with some of them freely using the mace, the symbol of authority, as a fighting tool while struggling to remove the embattled former speaker and his deputy.

Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju; Officer-in-Charge of Operations and Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the governor, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo and top police officers looked on as the NURTW members unleashed terror on the lawmakers and an unidentified member of Department of State Service (DSS).

The Director of Information Service (DIS) of the Assembly, Mr Seinde Fanokun and a cameraman with AIT, Mr Abiodun Taiwo, were not spared as the irate group unleashed terror on everyone in sight. Beaten to a pulp, Taiwo had to be rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) for medical attention shortly after.

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Lawmakers including the newly-elected Speaker, Mr Olamide George; Majority Leader, Otunba Olugbenga Araoyinbo and others including Vincent Obadiah, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, Siji Akindiose and Malachi Coker were severely dealt with by the rampaging NURTW members.

The NURTW members forced their way into the new Speaker’s office where the lawmakers had gathered for a parliamentary session following the impeachment proceedings. Earlier at the plenary session, the lawmakers had exchanged blows when they tried to impeach Oleyeloogun and Ogundeji as the embattled speaker and his supporters tried to prevent the day’s session from coming to pass.

A former Speaker, Princess Jumoke Akindele, who presided over the plenary as the Protem Speaker in the absence of Oleyeloogun was thrown out of the chair when the embattled speaker stormed the session. Oleyeloogun descended on Akindele, getting her off the chair and tearing her dresses.

Shocked, some lawmakers including Mukaila Ayinde Ajakaye, George and Akinsoyinu also moved the embattled Speaker out of the chair as they urged Akindele to continue with the proceedings. As Oleyeloogun tried to regain the seat from Akindele, other lawmakers pinned him to the wall and he was forced to look on helplessly as the impeachment proceeding quickly went on, with George and Fajolu elected as speaker and deputy by lawmakers present at the sitting.

Giving reasons for the removal of the leadership, Chairman of the House Committee, Mr Fatai Olotu, accused Oleyeloogun of financial impropriety, gross incompetence and high handedness.

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