OrderPaperToday – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has described the attitude of the Police towards Senator Melaye as “barbaric.”
The Speaker condemned the action of the law enforcement agents, likening them to “clans of tribesmen.”
Dogara stated this after a meeting between himself, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and the President of the country, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa on Monday.
He asserted that the issue of the Senator had to be raised with the President because “anything that happens to one of our members or any member of the National Assembly is of concern to us. And there is no way we can have this kind of meeting without raising that.”
Dogara added that no one is asking for preferential treatment, rather, calling for due process and the application of the rule of law for all Nigerians.
“We are not saying that anybody should be protected and defended. Once you have committed an offence, our law says you should answer it but you just have to utilise the provision of our constitution, the rule of law and this administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has over emphasised [this] in order to bring people to book.
“But a situation where people are wheeled to court, that doesn’t give a good image of our democracy. I have not seen a democracy where people are wheeled to court, they are not in the proper frame of mind and they are forced to undergo trial,” he concluded.