Published On: Wed, Nov 6th, 2013

Police Boss, Abubakar in Trouble for Disruption of G-7 Governors’ Summit

Nigerian Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar

LAGOS NOVEMBER 6TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The House of Representatives on Tuesday summoned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to appear before the lawmakers to explain reasons for the disruption of Sunday’s meeting by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aggrieved governors at the Kano Governor’s Lodge by policemen from the Asokoro Command in Abuja.
A member of the House from Niger State, Mr. Idris Kutigi, who sponsored the motion, had argued that it amounted to “impunity” for the police to “storm” the lodge and disrupt the meeting on Sunday.
He therefore urged his colleagues to “condemn” the action of the police, stating that the G-7 governors and some members of the National Assembly were meeting to find solutions to the crisis in the PDP when the policemen stormed the venue.
The lawmaker also stated that the police interfered with the immunity conferred on the governors by the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Kutigi added, “The Police authorities have in recent times disrupted several meetings of these governors by ceiling the meeting venues.
“We are concerned that a police officer of the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police boldly attempted to arrest and disrupt the meeting of the G-7 governors in disregard to their constitutional immunity in section 308 of the 1999 constitution.
“We are alarmed at the way and manner the Nigeria Police treats elected representatives of Nigerians. This amounts to a total disregard of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We note that if the rights and privileges of these governors and members of the National Assembly can be so threatened, then an ordinary man in Nigeria has no hope and confidence in the Nigerian Police Force.”
But, there was protest from the main PDP lawmakers as Kutigi ended his argument.
They tried to throw out the motion when the presiding Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, put it to vote.
They kicked against the motion by shouting a loud “nay”.
Their opponents also shouted a louder “ayes” in support of the motion.
In the ensuing confusion, Ihedioha called the vote twice before he ruled in favour of the motion.
Source: The Citizen

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