House of Reps summons IGP over disruption of G7 govs’ meeting

Following last Sunday’s disruption of the G7 governors’ meeting in Abuja by men of the Nigeria Police Force, ( Click Here to see video) the House of Representatives yesterday mandated its committee on police affairs to investigate the matter.

The house said in carrying out its investigation, the committee should invite the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Abubakar “to ascertain the circumstances leading to the invasion of the Kano Governor’s lodge by the men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force under the command of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and report back to the House within two weeks.”

The lawmakers also condemned the act. The investigation is coming on the heels of a motion sponsored by Rep Idris Mohammed Sani Kutigi (PDP, Niger) along with 60 others.

He noted “with concern the action of the Nigeria Police Force , which violated the provision of the constitution of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), specifically Sections 40 and 308(1) (a) and (3).”

Last Sunday, the Divisional Police Officer of Asokoro Police station CSP Nnanna Amah led his men in about four trucks to storm the Kano State Governor’s lodge at Asokoro where the G7 governors were holding their meeting.
CSP Amah was initially refused entry but when he eventually met with the governors, he reportedly said he was acting based on the orders from above.
In the motion, Kutigi argued that the continued impunity and disregard for the constituted authority by the men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force have been disturbing.

He said the House was concerned that a police officer of the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) 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.

The seven governors broke away from the Bamagar Tukur led PDP accusing him of injustice and undemocratic practices.
Daily Trust observed that the 61 members of the house who sponsored the motion are mostly from the states of the G7 governors.

Source: dailytrust

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