The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Kabiru Adjoto, has revealed that he spends his security vote to take care of the armed security men attached to his office.
According to him, he does this in order to avoid being kidnapped “like a chicken”.
Adjoto who said this on Thursday in Benin during an interactive session with journalists said being the number three citizen of the state exposes him to risks of being kidnapped or attacked by armed robbers.
He, however, disclosed that only the Speaker of the House receives a security vote.
“On the issue of security vote, Edo State House of Assembly does not have security vote as an institution and an arm of government. It is only Mr. Speaker that has security vote. That is why Mr. Speaker is the number three in the State.
“If he is taken away like a chicken on the street, many people will then (ask), did he not have security men around him?
“So, I use the security vote to take care of the security men protecting Mr. Speaker, in order for kidnappers and men of the underworld not to steal or whisk him away or harm him.
“In the course of discharging my duty as Mr. Speaker by moving from one community to another, or criss-crossing the country, do you want me to go alone? No. So, some armed security men must go with me. And where do I pay them from? It is from Mr. Speaker’s security vote.”