Police have taken over the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital barely 24 hours after the impeachment of the deputy speaker of the house, yekini Idiaye.
Dozens of the security officials led by a deputy commissioner of police, ayoola ajala stormed the complex on Thursday morning while patrol vehicles were stationed there following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.
Shortly after the police were deployed at the facility, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also arrived at the complex.
The takeover of the Edo State House of Assembly complex by security operatives has sparked an exchange of blame between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary kola ologbondiyan blamed the opposition party in the state for the incident, saying the ruling party allegedly deployed security operatives from Abuja to forcefully take over the Assembly.
In its reaction, the APC condemned the allegations of the PDP, saying it has no control over the police.
In a statement on Thursday, Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council in Edo, John Mayaki, explained that as a political party, the APC does not control the police.
He, however, accused the Edo State government of carrying out several onslaughts against the constitutional independence of the legislative arm of government by attacking its members-elect and denying them representation.
He also alleged that the governor was responsible for a number of sieges on the Assembly complex, adding that he was in the best position to explain who sponsored the blockade of the Assembly.