How thugs attacked Senator in front of his governor

Sen. Matthew Urhoghide

Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-PDP), the senator who was attacked for calling for impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari, has reported his ordeal in the hands of hoodlums in his state to his colleagues.

Mr Uroghide earlier called for the invocation of section 143 of the Constitution to start impeachment process of Mr Buhari for his approval and withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) without the lawmakers’ consent.

His call came after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read out the president’s letter which explained that Mr Buhari gave an anticipatory approval to purchase of Super Tocano aircraft from the U.S government because of time constraint and a hope that the lawmakers will raise no objection.

On Saturday, when Mr Uroghide visited his state, he was attacked by pro-APC hoodlums at the Benin Airport. The hoodlums, chanting dissent songs, challenged him on why he would raise such issue.

For about two hours before he addressed journalists, he was attacked and held hostage by APC youth inside the VIP lounge of the Benin airport.

Although PDP youth equally stormed the airport, they were chased away by the waiting APC youth, Vanguard newspaper reported.

It took the effort of some soldiers to rescue the senator, the newspaper indicated.

Recounting his ordeal on Wednesday, Mr Uroghide told his colleagues he had never experienced such humiliation in his life.

“Mr President, for the very first time in my life, I have not been so embarrassed. Particularly, when this is stemming from the fact that my own traditional role as an elected senator in this Senate, I was subjected to molestation and assault by hoodlums that were recruited in my state to waylay me and perpetrate this evil act.”

The senator recounted how he raised the issue at the Senate and how he was attacked a few days later. He added that calling for the invocation of section 143 does not automatically interpret to mean that he was calling for impeachment of Mr President.

He also said: “I was molested, in fact a thug removed my cap. You could have seen it on YouTube. And threw it away in front of my governor in whose company I have walked up to that point and the state commissioner of police.“When this happened to me, I decided to go to the point of law because it happened in (the presence of) my state governor and state commissioner of police. Mr President, I want to say that anything said on this floor is a matter of privilege and I have immunity. I’m even protected by the legislative Practice Act.


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