Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, EDHA, Mr. Victor Edoror, has described as false, unfounded and malicious, allegations that a court bailiff, one Mr. Abraham Ifijieh, was manhandled in his office while on an official assignment.
The speaker also claimed that Ifijieh must have been induced by some political enemies who are bent on blackmailing the leadership of the Assembly.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Oriaifoh Godwin, and made available to Nigerian Pilot, investigations by the leadership of the House revealed that such scenario never happened and that the story was cooked up in order to arouse public sentiments.
The statement stressed that Edo lawmakers are statesmen who carry out their legitimate duties in compliance with due process and have no reason whatsoever to manhandle anybody.
The statement reads, “The attention of the leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly, EDHA, has been drawn to the recent allegation by one Abraham Ifijieh who claimed to be a bailiff of the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin, Edo State, that he was manhandled by an aide to the speaker when he was at his office on an official assignment.
“I wish to clearly state here that the allegation is false, unfounded and malicious, as investigations revealed that no such thing happened.
“Mr. Abraham, for whatever reason(s) must have been induced by some persons to make such spurious allegation as evidence has shown that he ‘cooked’ up the story and tore his shirt in other to arouse the public’s sentiments on the matter.
“The leadership and members of the Edo State House of Assembly adhere to due process in carrying out their responsibilities and as such; they have no reason whatsoever to manhandle anybody. If at all, Abraham would have been handed over to law enforcement officers that are stationed in the premises of the Assembly for proper action.
“In view of this development, Ifijieh in due course should be ready for legal actions for such spurious and infamous allegations.’’