Reps grill Police IGP over Kogi Assembly crisis

Reps grill Police IGP over Kogi Assembly crisis
April 21 21:54 2016

The House of Representatives
Adhoc Committee on Kogi
 Assembly Crisis on Thursday
quizzed the Inspector-General of
Police, Solomon Arase, over the
re-opening of Kogi House of
Assembly complex.
The House had through a
resolution directed  Arase to
seal off the Kogi legislature until a
peaceful resolution of the crisis
that trailed the impeachment of
Speaker Lawal Momoh-Jimoh was
achieved.

The speaker was impeached by
five out of 20 lawmakers on
February 16. The lawmakers
subsequently chose Umar Imam
as the new speaker.
Following the National Assembly
directive, five members who
allegedly impeached the speaker
convened and conducted
legislative activities within the
chamber in disregard of its
resolution.

The committee, chaired by the
Majority Leader, Femi
Gbajabiamila, however described
the failure of the police boss to
comply with the resolution as
breach of the Nigerian
Constitution and undue
interference on the activities of
the legislature.
He also frowned at the absence of
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney 
General of the Federation, at the
meeting.
The committee, however, resolved
that the AGF should appear in
person on Monday, April 22, by 2
p.m.

Speaking on the outcome of the
investigative hearing conducted
behind closed door,
 Gbajabiamila said “It was straight
to the point; all the House wanted
to know was why the resolution
of the National Assembly was disobeyed.
“And also why the State Assembly was
reopened.

“The IG gave his explanation, saying he had
sought the advice of the Attorney General and
the Attorney General gave him his advice.
“I think we are making good steady progress
and I think we would put this matter to a
conclusion next week,” he said.
While reacting to inquiry on whether the
inspector-general was going to close down the
Assembly, the majority leader said “We are
not there yet, as you know the hearing is a
process.

“This is the first day and there are several
sides to it. We have taken the deposition of
the IG, the Attorney General will be with us on
Monday.
“The resolution of the House was not to go
back to status quo. The resolution of the
House was to conduct a hearing to find out
why it hasn’t happened and we are getting
there,” he said.
Also speaking after the meeting,  Arase who
apologised to the leadership of the House,
pledged allegiance to the Presidency and
explained that he solicited the advice of the
AGF mainly on administrative issues.

Mr. Arase, who spoke at the end of the public
hearing, assured that the matter would be
addressed.
He noted that there was a breakdown in
communication.
“It went very well; we were able to
understand ourselves that there was a
communication breakdown. I wouldn’t do
anything to breach the constitution.
“I am a law abiding officer. I am sworn to the
constitution to obey the constitution. There
was a break down somewhere but we will
resolve it,” Mr. Arase said.

(NAN)