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    Kogi Assembly fire: Speaker alleges sabotage

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    By Olu Samuel, Lokoja

    The Speaker of the Kogi state house of Assembly, Mathew Kolawole has blamed sabotage for the early morning inferno that gutted the state assembly complex on Monday.

    The fire razed the hallow chamber of the assembly was said to have started in the early hours and was in till 8 am when a fire engine belonging to Dangote Cement, Obajana arrived to extinguish the fire.

    Speaking with journalists at the premises of the assembly complex on Monday,the speaker expressed deep concern over the the incident

    The Speaker however said he could not specifically say who might have been responsible for the fire outbreak

    “I can’t say categorically who might have been responsible,I will urge us to wait until the security operatives concluded their investigation and send us their reports.

    Meanwhile,a senior member of staff of the assembly who does not want his name in print said that the fire might have come from an explosive planted by the suspected saboteur.

    “Only an explosive can cause a crack in the wall such as the one in hallow chamber” he noted.

    A statement issued later in the day, by the state Commissioner for information, Kingsley Fanwo confirming the incident said that Security and technical experts are currently working hard to unravel the cause(s) of the inferno which has caused significant damage to the Complex.

    “The State Government will inform the general public of findings as they unfold.
    We urge the general public to be calm, law abiding and resist the temptation of being lawless as the Government is capable of dealing with the likely outcome of the investigations”. He added.

    He said that the State Government will also make provision for temporary arrangements to ensure legislative business is not completely halted as a result of the unfortunate incident.

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