Makurdi—Youths, on the platform of Benue Youths Forum, BYF, have raised the alarm over a purported plot to kidnap the Clerk of Benue State House of Assembly, Dr. Torese Agena, to compel him into arranging a sitting of the suspended eight members of the House to commence impeachment move against Governor Samuel Ortom.
They warned that the action was a recipe for political upheaval in the state and a deliberate plan to ridicule Nigeria’s democracy and unleash mayhem in the state. National President BYF, Terrence Kuanum, told newsmen in Makurdi, yesterday, that despite a subsisting court order, security personnel had continued to lay siege on the Assembly complex, barring lawmakers and staff of the Assembly access to their offices.
While decrying the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to call heads of security agencies involved in the lockdown to order, Kuanum claimed the silence indicated complicity of the Federal Government in the plot to destabilise the state.
His words: “We witnessed the desperate plot hatched by the Presidency in conspiracy with some sons of the state on Monday, July 30, when heavily-armed policemen were drafted from Abuja and neighbouring states to force the majority 22 members of the House out of the assembly complex to pave way for the impeached Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange and seven others to sit and commence an impeachment move against Governor Ortom.
“At the moment, efforts have also been intensified by the Police and DSS to kidnap the Clerk of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr. Torese Agena, at all costs. “This is to force him to conduct an illegal sitting of the House so the plotters can achieve their aim.
“Information available to us indicate that plainclothes detectives have been deployed to the House of Assembly to execute the plan. “Civil servants working at the Assembly complex have been subjected to constant harassment by weird-looking security operatives.”