State House of Assembly,
has raised the alarm that
President Muhammadu Buhari
led All Progressives Congress,
APC, federal government is
trying to destabilise the Ekiti
State government using the
Department of State Services,
Speaker, Rt. Hon. Kola
Oluwawole, and 12 other
lawmakers who addressed
newsmen yesterday at the House
of Assembly Chamber, said
armed DSS men invaded the
assembly and since then, four
of their members have not been
According to the speaker,
while the lawmakers were still
at various committees meeting of
the House on Friday, more than
10 DSS men who were armed to
the teeth invaded the Assembly
Complex, shooting sporadically
into the air, thereby causing panic
among members and staff of the
House of Assembly, who had to
scamper for safety.
“At the end of the commotion
created by this barbaric act,
we discovered that four of our
members could not be found.”
According to him, “It was only
this morning, Saturday, that we
were able to establish that Hon.
Afolabi Akanni, representing
Efon Constituency was abducted
and taken to Abuja. Where
about of three other members
are still unknown as we speak,
and reasons for the invasion and
abduction of our members are not
Oluwawole, confirmed that
the DSS in Ekiti said the people
who came to the assembly were
from Abuja, adding that “as they
speak, only 13 of them came see
themselves for now on Saturday.”
The speaker noted that “we got
it on good authority that the script
now being acted by the DSS is part
of the APC and President Buhari’s
clandestine plot to cripple the Ekiti
State government by arresting and
detaining top functionaries of the
“The plot is to harass, intimidate
and embarrass top officials of
the Ayodele Fayose government
because of his critical stance on the
Buhari’s government.”
“We are aware that 18 of our
members have been penciled down
for harassment and the game plan
is to harass them to submission,
with a view to coercing them into
signing an already prepared notice
of impeachment of the governor
and his deputy.”
However, we wish to inform
those orchestrating the harassment
and intimidation of officials of the
Ekiti State government, especially
honourable members of the State
House of Assembly, that this is
2016 and not 2006. The same tactics
used 10 years ago to truncate
democracy in Ekiti State will not
work this time.
“We therefore wish to tell the
APC agents of political instability
that this time around, this House of
Assembly will not be available for
any ungodly use.”
“We also wish to remind
Nigerians of how in September
last year, the federal government
invaded the Akwa Ibom State
government House with armed
men of the Department of State
Security, DSS.
“Up till today, Nigerians are yet
to be told officially why, in a federal
system of government in which
federating units enjoy some degree
of autonomy, the Government
House occupied by a governor who
enjoys the same immunity enjoyed
by the President as provided by the
1999 Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria was invaded
by armed men of the DSS.”
“While we are not afraid of
persecution from anyone or
government agency, including
the DSS, we wish to state that
the level at which the Buhari-
led federal government is taking
political vendetta and muzzling
of opposition both in the Peoples
Democratic Party and within the
APC is dangerous to the survival
of democracy in the country.”
“Nigeria is not a banana republic
that can be ruled anyhow by
anyone and Mr Lawal Daura
(from Katsina) and his men, who
are playing exactly the same role
played between 1984 and 1985 by
the National Security Organisation
(NSO) under Lawal Rafindadi
(from Katsina) should know
that this reign of brute force over
constitutional democracy will fail.”
“This is because we have seen
them operate before and here they
are now, trying to take us back to
that inglorious era of dictatorship
and barbarism where the DSS
(then NSO) was used to oppress
Nigerians, throwing them in jail
without trial. This time around, we
are in a democracy that can never
accommodate that 1984 era of
draconian rule.”
According to the lawmakers,
“let it be reiterated once again
that this House of Assembly is
a partner in the progress of the
Ekiti State government under the
able leadership of Governor Peter
Ayodele Fayose.
Therefore, the Abuja based
agents of destabilisation should get
it into their heads that we will never
be harassed or intimidated into
buying into their sinister agenda.”