There was mild drama on Thursday at the Edo State House of Assembly, Ring Road, Benin City, as the roofs of the Assembly Complex were pulled down by artisans who claimed that the building was under renovation.
The emergency renovation begun shortly after the forceful takeover of the Assembly by 17 lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and loyalists of the Party’s Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, were said to have stormed the premises following the invasion and ordered the removal of the roofs under the guise that it needed to be replaced with new ones.
A video which has since gone viral showed the men removing the iconic legislative mace on top of the building.
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The video also showed trucks offloading gravels at the entrance of the Assembly Complex while the suspected vandals trooped into the building.
Meanwhile, security operatives had earlier besieged the Assembly complex on Thursday.
The police officers were led to the Assembly by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ayoola Ajala, following a reported threat of an attack on the complex.