The Police authorities in Kogi State have debunked claims that impeached Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba, has been placed under house arrest.
Kogi Police Commissioner, Mr. Hakeem Busari, on Saturday, said that the presence of security personnel at the official residence of the Deputy Governor in the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Lokoja, was to prevent looting of government property.
This, he said, followed advice to Achuba to relocate from the official residence since he is no longer the Deputy Governor and has not lost the entitlement to residing there.
Our correspondent, who visited the official residence on Saturday morning, noticed the presence of armed security personnel manning the gates.
The CP said that the security personnel at the gate will remain until the impeached deputy governor finally moves out.
Achuba was impeached on Friday shortly after the seven-man committee investigating allegations of gross misconduct against him submitted its report to the state house of assembly.
Achuba has however described his removal as an exercise in futility and will not stand.
“As I speak to you, I am under house arrest. My security aide has been withdrawn.
“Currently in my house, security operatives from government house have taken over my residence.
“Nobody can come in and nobody can go out,” he had claimed.
He described the action exhibited by the Kogi Assembly as a rape of democracy, which he said will not stand.
But the newly appointed Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja, would be screened on Moday by the House of Assembly.
He is also expected to be sworn-in on the same day.
The Assembly is made up of 25 members, who are all members of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC).