by Stanley AzuakolaHon Ibrahim Olaifa, member of the House of Representatives representing Oluyole Constituency in Oyo State, and some of his aides manhandled an official of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRCN), Mr Mediel Jerry for his effrontery in clamping Olaifa’s car which was parked in an unauthorised area of the assembly complex.
The assault which occurred in the assembly lobby on June 1 was witnessed by several reporters.
In the wake of the volatile security situation in the country, the security division of the Nation Assembly had disallowed parking in front of the lobby, and official were under strict instructions to clamp down on defaulters.
Unfortunately for Mr Jerry, his zeal to perform his duty was met with pushes, punches, and shoves by the aides of Honourable Olaifa, while the honourable watched on.
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When the beating became too much for the FRSC official, he ran into the lobby, seeking help from policemen and other security officials.
Olaifa’s aides ran after the official, shouting, “Thief, thief, thief.”
The aides caught up with Jerry, punched him the more and got some buttons removed from his uniform.
They were about to drag him out of the lobby, insisting he must unlock the clamp when a plainclothes female police officer came to his rescue.
“Stop, stop,” she ordered the aides.
It was at this point that Olaifa started telling his aides to stop the beating.
The lawmaker pointed fingers at the official, whose face had swollen up, demanding explanations for clamping his car.
Some members of the FRSC, who were alerted to the development, rushed to the lobby and took Jerry to the police unit at the National Assembly to lodge a complaint.
The same aides also rained abuses on journalists for daring to come to the scene to find out what happened.
One of the aides, a heavily built lady, tried to assault the reporters.
Olaifa threatened court action when his views were sought over the incident.
“Go and publish whatever you like; I will go to court and you will be hearing from my lawyer if it is not the truth.
“I know Punch and I have been in relationship for a very long time.
“Write whatever you want to write,” he added.
The shouting at the lobby caused confusion as many staff members and security personnel rushed to the place, thinking that there was a major security scare.
When contacted, the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, blamed the beating on the political aides and not Olaifa.