OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has condemned the involvement of the Nigeria Police Force in the crisis currently rocking the Anambra State House of Assembly.
The green chamber on Tuesday also ‘urged the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to withdraw his men and provide Honourable Members of the Anambra State House of Assembly access to their offices for legislative functions.’
The House also resolved to set up a delegation to interface with the governor of the state, Willie Obiano and the state lawmakers on quick solution to the problem.
The delegation has 4 weeks to report its findings to the House.
These resolutions were sequel to a motion of urgent public importance moved by Tope Olaniyonu (PDP, Kwara).
In his motion, Olaniyonu said that there was no breakdown of law and order to warrant the sealing the state assembly by the police.
He also said that, “staff of the State legislature were ordered to report at the office of the Head of Service of the State without justifiable reason.”
He added: “The rascality of the Police Commissioner and the executive governor of Anambra State violates the spirit and principles of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, 2017.”
Speaking on the motion, Rimamnde Shawulu (PDP, Taraba) said: “Necessity is the mother of invention. We have been hearing about invasion, we are working on police reform, we need to speed it up. In other climes, police don’t come into the parliament, there are legislative securities. Police is fast becoming a political tool, we need to fast track the passage of the reform bill.”
In his contribution, Emmanuel Ekon (APC, Akwa Ibom) cautioned the members from drawing parallel between Akwa-Ibom crisis and Anambra crisis.
“The situation in Anambra State is different from that of my state. In my state it is a situation where some people are causing crisis, and expecting the police to come to their rescue.
“There are five members who decamped from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and they went to court to seek restrain to prevent the Speaker from declaring their seats vacant, but the Speaker still went ahead to declare their seats vacant,” Ekon Stated.
When the question was put to vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, and the “ayes” had it.