OrderPaperToday – Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly have alleged that an unnamed official of the Department of State Security (DSS) offered them a one million dollars inducement to impeach Governor Ayo Fayose.

They also raised an alarm about the whereabouts of three colleagues allegedly whisked away by operatives of the DSS from the assembly complex last Friday and condemned the secret police for holding on to the member it admitted to them was in its custody.

Speaking on AIT Kakaaki programme Friday morning, the legislators vowed that no amount of intimidation or inducement will make them work against the governor.

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The lawmakers led by the deputy speaker of the assembly, Mr. Adewumi Segun accused the DSS of offering the $1m bribe if they would agree to remove Fayose from office.

They insisted that the action of the security agency in invading the assembly complex without the consent and permission of the lawmakers was a violation of the sanctity of parliament and desecration of the principle of separation of powers guaranteed by the constitution of the country.

Just yesterday at the National Assembly, the lawmakers called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the DSS to order and save democracy from being truncated by acts of dictatorship.

Mr. Gboyega Aribishogan, chairman of the assembly committee on Information who spoke on their behalf, raised alarm about the safety and well-being of their detained colleagues.

He said: “They told us that Hon. Afolabi Akande is in their custody, we do not know the whereabouts of the other three. Akande has not been given access to his family or his personal doctor.

“Even the cause of this invasion has not been revealed. It is sad that this brutal force is being unleashed in a democracy. The sanctity of the legislature has been violated and the assembly is in disarray.”

According to him, “we have it on good authority that men who claim to be from the DSS have been calling our members, telling them to join the APC so they can get soft landing, and they were offered $1 million each.”




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