There was confusion over the status of the Kogi State House of Assembly, on Thursday, as the gates of the complex were widely opened with no security presence.
Although members of the assembly were not in the complex, some workers, including the clerk of the assembly, Seidu Shedaa, were sighted within the premises of the assembly.
The workers, who were mostly women, were seen in some of the offices, while only three policemen and a civil defence officer, were at the entrance of the premises.
The security operatives did not obstruct movement in and out of the complex by the workers, but the visitors and journalists were screened before they were allowed into the complex.
Apart from the civil servants, the special adviser to the governor on legislative matters, Haruna Yusuf and the chief press secretary to the speaker, Ali Umar, were also on ground in the premises.
It was however learnt that the directive to the security operatives was not to allow any of the members of the assembly entrance into the complex.
But reacting to the development, Yusuf said the situation o ground had shown that the assembly was not sealed off as was reported.
He said it would be wrong to say that the assembly complex was sealed off without the presence of heavy security and free flow of human and vehicular movement.
Yusuf said, “On the executive side and as the special adviser to the governor I am here personally to see things for myself, since yesterday (Wednesday) I have been doing that and I don’t see any difference in what happened here and today (Thursday) security wise.
“We have been asking from any of those that have been saying there is an order to seal off the premises for the order but no one has been able to come up with one. People should not sit down in their bedrooms and conjure things because they are not happy with the system”.
Also speaking, Umar said he was in the complex to ascertain the status of security in the assembly, adding that he discovered that there was no restriction in the assembly.
He said, “It is not true that the assembly has been sealed off, the essence of being here is to confirm whether or not the complex was sealed, we have done a tour of the assembly and we found out that the assembly is open and the staffers are working the members have adjourned sitting till 12th April but the oversight functions are going on”
He however said the members moved to the Government House for the budget defence because there was a security report that made the assembly premises unsafe for legislative duties.
According to him, the committee’s that were sitting on the budget moved elsewhere following a security report that some people were planning to foment trouble in the complex.