Former Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie on Tuesday returned three out of the four official vehicles in her possession to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Kabiri Adjoto. She also promised to return the fourth car soonest.
Addressing the issue in a letter addressed to the House, Ativie said she is taking steps to recover the fourth vehicle from the buyer and apologized to the House for the inconveniences the delay may have caused the house.
The Clerk of the House, Mr James Omoatanman, who acknowledged the receipt of the cars while replying her letter unbehalf of the speaker, noted that the leadership of the House was still expecting the fourth vehicle, a Lexus jeep 2016 model which according to the letter was the official vehicle of the Speaker and further advised the former Deputy Speaker to make available the spare keys of the returned vehicles.
Meanwhile, the House on Tuesday raised the alarm over what it described as the rising state of killings, armed robbery and abduction in the state particularly in Esan South East Local Government Area of the state and passed a resolution calling on security agents and the state government to check the situation which has led to the death of a Police Inspector in Ubiaja.
The resolution followed a motion sponsored by the member representing Esan South East constituency, Festus Edughele Igbelekotor, who lamented that members of his constituency have been under siege, “they can no longer go to their farms, a police officer who went to help was killed in the process and the burial is tomorrow (Wednesday).
“A day after the policeman was killed, another man went to his farm with his bike and was never found and as we speak, his body has not been found as well as his bike. As if that was not enough, the following day, a young man who is an Okada rider was celebrating the new bike that he bought, only on his way home, he was attacked by armed robbers and in the process was killed and his body was found covered with leaves.
“As we speak Mr Speaker, the report by the police was that all through the night they were inside the bush searching for kidnappers who have taken over my community. It means that apart from the flood disasters we are experiencing my people can no longer go about their normal businesses, it is really scaring”.
Also reacting, the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Asoro Rolland, lamented the killing of his brother Mr Efosa Omorogie in Oben in Orhionmwon Local Government by unknown gunmen. “Mr Speaker I want to appeal that both the DSS, Police and the army should help and beef up security in the entire state not only in Esan South East Local Government because the killing is going on everywhere in the state”.