For the second time this week, a member of Kwara State House of Assembly, Iliasu Ibrahim representing Ipaye/Malete/Olooru constituency in the House was prevented from entering the premises of the assembly.
The lawmaker, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was suspended in 2013 but his suspension was nullified by a state high court in a June 13, 2014 judgement with the court ordering the house to pay all his salaries and allowances.
Following the refusal of the Court of Appeal to grant the stay of execution motion filed by the House, the lawmaker had attempted to resume on Tuesday but he was disallowed by security men at the gate allegedly on the instruction of Speaker, Hon. Razak Atunwa.
The same scenario played out on Thursday when the lawmaker approached the gate of the Assembly Complex along Asa Dam road at around 9:20 a.m as observed by our correspondent.
The security men at the gate first stopped his car for about five minutes to inform their superior about the lawmaker's presence. The top security men at the assembly including the Police, NSCDC officials and an SSS operative later arrived and had lengthy discussion with the lawmaker for about one hour, 30 minutes.
As the argument with the security agents was ongoing, no fewer than six lawmakers including Deputy Speaker, Professor Gana Yisa drove in without bothering to find out what was happening at the gate.
The Speaker was not around yesterday and the previous day when the lawmaker attempted to enter the complex.
The lawmaker also showed relevant court papers to the security agents but his explanations fell on deaf ears as the officers reportedly said they had no order to allow him into the premises.
Speaking with newsmen after the encounter with the security agents, the lawmaker accused the house of conniving with some interests in the state to persecute him for refusing to defect to All Progressives Congress (APC).
Apart from Hon. Ibrahim, the PDP has another member of the house, Hon. Salman Babakinni who also refused to defect to APC.
Speaking further, the lawmaker who cried out that he is being owed 22 months' salaries, stated that as an elected representative of people of Ipaye/Mooro/Olooru constituency, the interests of his constituents are not being protected in the house as a result of the suspension which he described as illegal.
He explained that he was only suspended at that time for three months and the suspension lapsed in March, 2014 yet he was being denied access to the house. The lawmaker added that the antics of the house leadership was to keep him out until the 5th of June, 2015 when his tenure expires, saying the house had been served the necessary court documents to allow him into the chamber.
However, in a chat with our correspondent, the Deputy Speaker denied knowledge of the nullification of his suspension, saying, "As far as the house is concerned, he is still on suspension.”
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