Presidency Makes U-turn, Summons IGP Over NASS Invasion By Police

The Presidency on Friday summoned the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, over the fracas witnessed at the National Assembly on Thursday.


Policemen and women had blocked the entrance of the National Assembly complex to prevent lawmakers from accessing their offices and chambers.

Most of the lawmakers, who scaled the fence, were tear-gassed by policemen acting on order from above.

To address the crisis, Abba was summoned to the office of the Vice President Namadi Sambo at the State House, Abuja

After about one hour closed-door meeting, the IGP emerged from the meeting and parried most of the questions thrown at him by journalists.

The encounter is as follows:

Did you authorise the invasion of the National Assembly by your men?

IGP: “Who did what and who didn’t do what will be disclosed to you later. You know we work with investigations, investigations are going on and the press officer will address you.”

Are you saying you are not aware of this operation?

IGP: “I still repeat who did what, who didn’t do what you will hear later, it is subject to investigations. We just don’t talk anyhow.”

Another interview with the Hausa service at the State House follows:

Is it true that some of your police officers were injured?

IGP: “Everybody has seen that somebody was even beating somebody, somebody was pushing a policeman from the car.

“Somebody was removing road blocks mounted by police, we have never seen this kind of thing in the whole world. So we will talk to you later.”

What action are you going to take?

IGP: “Just wait, our findings will reveal

It would be recalled that both presidency and PDP had justified the action of the police in their separate reactions to the ugly incident. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Adviser to the president on Public Affairs and Olisa Metu, PDP Spokesman, had accuse members of the opposition, APC, in the House of Representatives of hitting up the polity unnecessarily. They both averred that the police that prevented the sitting number four man in the country, Speaker of House of Representatives, from entering his office to perform official duty were doing their lawful job to protect law and order.
The presidency’s repudiation, political analysts say might not be connected with the impeachment notice signed by about 120 members of Representatives today.

Author: News Editor

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