For the umpteenth time, over five hundred thousand naira (#500,000.00) worth of electrical cables were carted away as robber invaded the Oyo State House of Assembly complex for the third time.
The cables are used to transmit electricity from the overhead line conductors into the state hallow chamber, assembly complex and the lawmakers’ offices.
The incident can be attributed to nothing but security lapses in and around the state’s assembly complex because the recent occurrence would be the third time of such incident in the last five years.
Our reporter authoritatively gathered that the robbery incident which occurred early hours on Thursday, has been slowing down legislative activities in the state.
A close source at the assembly complex, who spoke under the condition of anonymity said that stealing of electrical cables and some other properties is no longer a new thing in Oyo State House of Assembly complex.
According to him, “electrical cables, fans, computers and other common items often miss within the complex without trace or anyone taking responsibility of the actions and inactions.
“I can recall this to be the third time cables were stolen over night. Though, it is the first time of such in the present assembly, but I remembered it happened twice during the eighth assembly and they spent close to one million naira to fix the damages.
“The unfortunate thing is that despite the investigation so far on the incident. The culprit has not been apprehended. This is why it continues.”
Another source also confirmed that during that eight Assembly, about three brain boxes of vehicles belonging to the House of Assembly were stolen overnight.
The development might be a cause why the lawmakers have not hold any plenary session since they returned from their 4-day retreat on Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation, Investment Promotion Agency and Anti Corruption Agency Bills 2019 at Ilaji Hotels & Sport Resort.
It was confirmed that aside the presence of police officers monitoring the complex, the complex has members of staff who are security guards, in which some of them are scheduled to work overnight.
Meanwhile, efforts to reach the Clerk, Miss Foluke Oyediran to speak on the matter proved abortive as calls and text sent to her phone were not successful.
The Information Officer attached to assembly, Mrs Ojoawo declined to comment on the incident.