From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
A Benin High Court order restraining the four suspended lawmakers in Edo state House of Assembly, yesterday afternoon renewed hostilities during the peace meeting to resolve the crises rocking the House.
The court restrained the former deputy Speaker, Hon. Festus Ebea and three other PDP lawmakers, Hon. Patrick Osayimwen, Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen and Hon. Friday Ogieriakhi, suspended on Monday by the APC House members from gaining entrance into the premises of the Assembly and the legislative quarters.
Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 5, Benin City and the Commissioner of Police, Edo State was also restrained from interfering with the sitting activities and other functions of the state Assembly, pending the determination of a Motion on Notice before it.
The closed door meeting was held under intense atmosphere within the precinct of the chambers and presided over by the State commissioner of police along with some officials of Department of the State Security Service (DSS).
When the House eventually reconvened for the day’s business at about 5:30pm yesterday, 24 members were present at the sitting, which was presided over by the suspended APC Speaker, Hon. Uyigue Igbe.
The source told our correspondent that the 24 members of House of Assembly made progress in the harmonization process during the meeting, which lasted for over six hours.
Earlier, some PDP and APC Legislators reportedly engaged in a physical combat at about 7am before they allowed common sense to prevail at about 8am.
APC member representing Akoko-Edo 1, Hon. Bamidele Oloruntoba was allegedly injured when suspected thugs supporting two rival political parties stationed few meters away from the King Square where the Assembly complex is located allegedly clashed.
The exit glass door of the chamber was smashed, along with some vehicle windscreens belonging to private individuals before the intervention of a combined team of policemen, who placed barricades at the adjoining roads leading to the King Square, who used tear gas canisters to disperse the youths.