OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the invasion of the Rivers State High Court by thugs.
The resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Betsy Apiafi (PDP, Rivers) and 12 others.
Recall that last Friday, some thugs broke into the court premises, vandalising vehicles and other court properties in a bid to reportedly stall proceeding relating to the congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While raising the motion, Apiafi alleged that hoodlums, aided by men of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force, carried out the assault.
“Such brazen and sponsored invasion of an arm of government amounts to an assault and contempt of the judiciary, a show of violence and an infringement of the 1999 constitution,” she said.
Agreeing with her, Nnenna Ukeje (PDP, Abia) said the act undermines Nigeria’s democracy.
According to her, “any democracy that does not lie in the rule of law is not a democracy. Any democracy where its institutions are attacked is not a democracy.”
She added Nigeria “cannot continue like this” and that “whoever it is, whether their sponsors or anyone, should be punished.”
Dennis Agbo (PDP, Enugu) noted that the situation could be likened to the usual violence that follows the Nigerian elections, adding that, “unfortunately, the security agencies are becoming accomplices.
“Even if politicians are abandoning their duties. Let the security agencies remember that they owe Nigerians the duty to secure them. The security agencies should be called to sit up to their duties,” he stressed.
Thereafter, the House set up an ah-hoc committee to investigate the invasion and report back at a later date.