The Nigerian Police have put their nose in state politics again. First it was the former IGP Abba, now it is the Niger State Police. Like Tambuwal, lawmakers in the state had to break into the House of Assembly complex to hold a sitting yesterday where they impeached speaker of the House.
Apparently, the Police have been instructed to prevent the members of the House from gaining entry as they plan to also impeach the state Gov, Babangida Aliyu .
The Police barred the lawmakers, including new speaker of the House, Alhaji Isah Kawu, claiming that it was to stop non members from getting access to the complex. Mr Ibrahim Gambari, the spokesman for the state Police Command told NAN over the phone that the police were also there to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
“The police are doing their job of protecting lives and properties. Those who claimed to be members of the House are not members. Police cannot allow properties of the House to be damaged that is why they stopped people from accessing the building,” he said.
In reaction to the whole fiasco, Kawu faulted the police, saying that they had no right to prevent members from sitting.
“We were prevented by the police from entering the House. Why will the speaker and members be disallowed from sitting? Police do not have the right to stop legislators from sitting; why will the Commissioner of Police draft his men to the legislative arm of government in the absence of trouble. We are planning a transition, what is the essence of democracy if handing over to elected persons was not necessary,” he said.
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