The crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly took a new dimension on Thursday as the state Police Command detained the Speaker of the Assembly, Uyi Igbe, and the Majority Leader, Philip Shaibu, over their alleged involvement in the attack on a member of the Assembly, Abdulrazak Momoh.
Mr. Momoh was reportedly attacked by suspected thugs at the legislative quartres, Benin City on Wednesday.
The lawmaker, representing Etsako West Constituency in the Assembly and whose seat was declared vacant by the House in July, was said to have been attacked by thugs after he allegedly ignored the orders of security men at the legislative quarters not to enter the quarters by climbing over the perimeter fence.
The Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker was reportedly beaten to a coma before he was rushed to the Accident and Emergency Ward of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
The PDP had on Wednesday, in a statement through its Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, accused the Majority Leader and other All Progressives Congress lawmakers of instigating the attack, an allegation that has since been denied by Shaibu.
Igbe, Shaibu and another lawmaker, Mr. Folly Ogedegbe, were reportedly invited to the state police command headquarters by the Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, at about 11am on Thursday, while their colleagues and other supporters converged there in solidarity.
It was also gathered that the lawmakers, who were detained by the command, had been summoned to Abuja next week Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, although the reasons for the invitation was still unknown.
Meanwhile, the APC has cried out over an alleged plot by the PDP, through the federal government to clampdown on all loyalists of the State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The party, in a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Godwin Erhahon, said, “We are aware of the plots by the PDP to arrest, maim and eliminate those perceived to be loyalists of Governor Oshiomhole.
“The lawmaker, who was beaten, went there with thugs and it has nothing to do with our lawmakers. Why are they being arrested by the police?
“But we want to warn that any attempt to intimidate our people in Edo State will be resisted. The PDP cannot use federal might to hunt our people. We are still battling Boko Haram, let us not face another war in Edo State, it might be too much for Jonathan to handle”.