The feud between Governor Sullivan Chime and members of Enugu State House of Assembly over the recent probe of the state’s finances and questionable allocation of government lands to individuals has escalated.
Hundreds of policemen acting on the orders of the governor stormed the premises of the State Assembly Complex and sealed it off in the early hours of today (Monday) to prevent the Speaker, Hon. Eugene Odo and his members from holding their scheduled sitting today.
Notices were sent to journalists by Information Department of the House Sunday informing them of today’s sitting at 8am but reports said that when the lawmakers got wind of the presence of policemen at the Assembly complex, they moved to the House at about 5am.
Both the speaker and the lawmakers and the House staff were denied access to their offices by the police who claimed to be acting on the orders of the governor.
They have remained at the gate since then while having hot exchanges with the policemen who have insisted that nobody will go into the premises for any reason today.
The lawmakers had recently commenced investigation of the last-minute actions of the governor particularly the allocation of reserved government lands to his family members and some individuals for erection of private houses especially within the three-arm zone and seriously condemned the act.
They also deliberated on the petition against the alleged contract scam at the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, ENSUBEB and asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to probe activities of the board.
The Accountant General of the State, Paschal Okorie, was also summoned last week to explain why the state government has refused to release monthly subventions to the House and other ministries since March and after his appearance, he was asked to submit to the House records of funds received and disbursed from January to April this year.
Our correspondent learnt that startling revelations were made in the report submitted to the House by the Accountant General.
The lawmakers decided to reconvene to continue further deliberation of the state’s finances as contained in the submitted report today and the sealing off of the legislature might not be unconnected with the probe.
More details later.