Police Defend National Assembly SiegeFeatured, Latest News Thursday, November 20th, 2014
The Nigeria police Force has offered reasons why its men took over the premises of the National Assembly and blocked its entrances in FCT Abuja, saying the action which prompted commotion followed an intelligence report reaching it.
A press statement by the Force Spokesperson, Ag. CP Emmanuel Ojukwju after the pandemonium which lasted hours subsided, stated: “Following an intelligence report of a likely invasion of the House of Representatives by hoodlums and thugs, the Nigeria Police Force promptly deployed its personnel to the premises to prevent a breakdown of law and order”.
In line with this, Ojukwu explained that the Police were dispatched to the complex, condoned the area and started screening of the lawmakers and visitors.
While this was ongoing, the statement revealed the House Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal arrived the venue with a “motley crowd, who broke the cordon, assaulted the Police and evaded due process and the Police had the duty to restore order and normalcy, using lawful means”.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Suleimon Abba has warned political actors and their followers to respect the constituted authority and due process as well as desist from the use of thugs to pursue their agenda.
He vowed the Nigeria Police would continue to apply all lawful means to prevent “a breakdown of law and order in all segments of the society” and would visit full weight of the law on any “political actor who violates the peace and security of the nation”.
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