Only 7 of the 16 lawmakers were reportedly present during the suspension.
Three councillors of Abeokuta North Local Government in Ogun State have been suspended for allegedly stealing the council’s mace.
The suspension order, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, was contained in a letter dated May 26 and signed by the House deputy leader, Fadairo Abass.
The suspended councillors include Saheed Adejojo, representing Ward 4, Elega area; Kabir Ayoola from Ward 12, Ita-Oshin/Olomore area; and Rasheed Adio from Ward 16, Ibara/Idiya area.
While Mr. Adejojo was accused of forcing his way into the legislative chambers during plenary and carting away the mace, the other two councillors were reportedly suspended for their sudden disappearance shortly before the attempted mace theft.
Mr. Adejojo allegedly went to the council last Friday with three suspected thugs while the plenary was going on. He allegedly carted away the mace which was later found in an uncompleted building around the area.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the three suspected thugs have been apprehended and handed over to police.
When contacted, the House deputy leader, Mr. Abass, confirmed that there was an attempt to steal the mace which led to the suspension of the three councillors.
When asked about the suspension of the other two lawmakers who were said to have taken permission to leave the chambers shortly before the incident, Mr. Fadairo became hostile to reporters on phone.
”You can call governor, don’t call my line again. Tell those who contracted you that you cannot do the work,” he declared.
He would also not comment on the claim that the lawmakers did not form a quorum when they suspended their colleagues; as only 7 of the 16 lawmakers were reportedly present.
Other lawmakers declined to comment on the matter while the suspended trio could not be reached as at press time.