An attempt by thugs to burn down the Ekiti Assembly Compound was stopped on Friday, November 18 by officers from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Ekiti State Police Command.
The Nation reported that the incident happened around 4 a.m. when the thugs allegedly scaled the fence and made strenuous efforts to level part of the compound.
The assembly has been mired in a leadership crisis following the emergence of former minority leader Gboyega Aribisogan as speaker on Tuesday, November 15. He replaced Funminiyi Afuye, who died on October 19, 2022.
Confirming the incident, Ekiti Police Command Public Relations Officer DSP Sunday Abutu said the thugs, 10 in number, were carrying two 25-litre barrels of petrol.
RRS agents who were on the ground and strategically positioned, pushed them back and launched a thug hunt in the nearby bush.
“I can confirm to you that these thugs carrying two barrels filled with gasoline and also armed with cutlass and other weapons came to set fire to the assembly in the wee hours of today (Friday).
“The intention they had was for the police to leave the scene as our patrol vehicles had been removed from both gates. They thought the place was no longer under security cover. They crossed part of the complex, but they resisted.
“The RRS officers gave them a fierce chase through the bush and recovered two barrels filled with petrol, among other dangerous items of evidence.
“We want to warn our people not to turn the assembly into a theater of war. It is an arm of government that must be respected. They called it sacred chambers, so people should refrain from creating unnecessary crises.
“Let me also say that our men and officers are on the ground to fend off any dangerous moves made by troublemakers to start unrest in any part of the sytate.”
Abutu added that police have not arrested anyone in connection with the attempted arson but are on his trail.