By Victoria Nnakaike, Lokoja
Some six persons have been arrested for beating up a senator in the Kogi State Government House in Lokoja.
This is as Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has banned unauthorized persons from accessing the Government House.
This comes on the heels of the harassment of members of the National Assembly who were part of the team that paid a courtesy visit on the Governor at his office.
Bello has therefore called for mediate prosecution of the culprits, the six suspected that have been arrested on the order of the governor.
The lawmakers from Kogi State, from the Senate and House of Representatives, had visited Governor Bello on Tuesday January 8, 2023, evening to congratulate him on the peaceful and credible conduct of the November 11, 2023, governorship election and to pledge their unalloyed loyalty to him and the incoming administration.
According to a statement from the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Muhammed Onogwu said, “After the fruitful discussion, the governor received with rude shock the news of the harassment of some of the lawmakers on their way out of the government house. He swiftly ordered the arrest of the culprits.
“He charged security agencies to investigate the issue thoroughly and ensure the offenders faced the full wrath of the law.
“Information just got to me as I left the office to the residence that one man called Suleiman and others embarrassed Senator Jubrin Echocho in Government House. I’ve directed Chief Security Officer (CSO) to arrest all those involved in such stupid act and bring them to justice immediately. I will never condone act of hooliganism and indiscipline.”
The members who visited on Tuesday were Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho of Kogi East, Senator Sunday Karimi of Kogi West, Rt Hon Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims of Ankpa Federal Constituency, Hon Zachariah Idris of Idah Federal Constituency, Hon Sani Abdulrahim Egidi of Ajaokuta Federal Constituency, Hon Abdulrahim Danga (PDP) of Okehi/Adavi Federal, Hon Gowon Haruna of Dekina/Bassa Federal Constituency, Hon Tijani Ozigi of Okene/Ogori Federal Constituency, Hon Danladi Aguye of Lokoja/Koto Federal Constituency and Hon Salman Idris (ADV) of Kabba/Ijumu.