Senate Slams Bello Over Attack On Senator, Says Gov Threat To Democracy

The Senate has condemned Governor Yahaya Bello and the Kogi State Police Command for allegedly doing nothing to prevent the disruption of an empowerment programme organised by Senator Ahmed Ogembe.

Senator Ogembe is the lawmaker representing Kogi Central Senatorial District.

Hoodlums on Saturday invaded the venue of the empowerment programme, organised by Ogembe for women in Okene, Kogi state.

The Punch reports that the Senate during plenary on Wednesday criticized Bello and the Nigeria Police Force‎, accusing them of being a threat to the country’s democracy.

The Afims Hotel venue was already filled up by guests, party members and the would-be-beneficiaries of the empowerment programme, when the hoodlums came calling, wielding dangerous weapons, attacking people and disrupting the seating arrangement for the event.

The few security men at the hotel were said to have been overwhelmed by the thugs, who scattered tables and chairs and triggered a bedlam.

The thugs said to be armed with dangerous weapons searched frantically for Ogembe who is representing Kogi Central Senatorial district but could not lay hands on him.

Ogembe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was said to be a few meters away from the hotel when the thugs came.

Many guests, some political associates of Ogembe and beneficiaries of the empowerment programme were injured during the bedlam.

Ogembe who later showed up at the venue ordered that the injured be taken to hospital for treatment and appealed to the remaining people at the venue to remain calm.

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