The Inspector General of Police, Abba Sulaiman has order the immediate arrest of Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
The StreetJournal can confirm that a similar order has been handed down to the Department of State Security (DSS).
This is coming barely 24 after the members of the House of Representatives were clashed with some security personnel at the National Assembly complex o Thursday.
Sources at the Police headquarters revealed that the Police chief gave the order for Tambuwal arrest after a meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo and the National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki “I can confirm to you that the order for his arrest has been given today (Friday). The signal from the IG’s office specifically directed the FCT and Sokoto State commissioners of Police to serve Tambuwal with notice of invitation to the force headquarters and if he resists, he should be arrested immediately,” the source revealed.
“The involvement of the Sokoto CP was because the Speaker was sighted in Sokoto on Friday where he picked the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship form for the coming elections. It was assumed that he was out of Abuja as such other police divisions were involved in the matter.”
Sources at the meeting in the Villa indicate that both the Vice President and the NSA chastised the Police boss for the failure of his men to prevent Speaker from entering the National Assembly premises. “The NSA was particularly angry and told the IG in clear terms that he doesn’t know his job. He said how did the Speaker and the members break a cordon organised by the FCT Police commissioner. The NSA then made it clear that the Police authorities must rectify the anomalies or they will face the consequences. The IG then said Tambuwal will be arrested for questioning.”
Reacting to the news of his planned arrest yesterday, Tambuwal noted that he is a law abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who has no immunity against arrest and prosecution except privileges as may be provided by the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act.
He said he is available, ready and willing to answer any lawful invitation from any of the security agencies on any matter for which they may require his attention.
In a statement by his special adviser on media and public affairs, Malam Imam Imam, the Speaker expressed dismay at the unprofessional conduct of the Nigerian police in the attempt to stop him from accessing the House of Representatives chambers and described as disgraceful, “the false statement later issued by the Police in which they claimed that in the lawful exercise of their duties “ Alh Aminu Tambuwal CFR, arrived the venue with a motley crowd,who broke the cordon, assaulted the Police and evaded due process”. This blatant falsehood coming from a law enforcement agency, that is expected to be neutral and lawful, is unfortunate, to say the least.”