By Danlami Nmodu
Speaker of the House Of Representatives has reacted to reports “that the Inspector General of Police has ordered that he, Speaker, be invited to the Force Headquarters and that he be arrested if he resisted”.
Reports said the order was given after IGP Suleiman Abba was summoned to a meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo.One source who hinted Newsdiaryonline about Tambuwal’s loomimg arrest also said it was shocking that IG would issue such an order after meeting the VP.It means there is a plot to escalate the crisis,he observed . “We are in trouble”, the highly placed source said Friday night.
There is genuine worry among Nigerians over the apparent, deliberate escalation of political crisis at a time ethnic and religious sentiments have been whipped up by politicians across the country.
A statement by Imam Imam,media aide to Tambuwal said Friday night that “The Honorable Speaker wishes to state that he is a law abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who has no immunity against arrest and prosecution except privileges as may be provided by the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act.
“Accordingly , the Hon Speaker states for the records that he is available, ready and willing to answer any lawful invitation from any of the Security agencies on any matter for which they may require his attention.
“The Speaker expresses dismay at the unprofessional conduct of the Nigerian Police in the attempt to stop him from accessing the House of Representatives chambers on the 20th November 2014 to preside over the Special Session of the House on the State of Emergency Extension requested by Mr President, for which he had recalled members from their working recess.
Tambuwal accused the Police of lying about what happened during the invasion of the national assembly Thursday . “Most disgraceful is the false statement later issued by the Police in which they claimed that in the lawful exercise of their duties “ Alh Aminu Tambuwal CFR, arrived the venue with a motley crowd,who broke the cordon, assaulted the Police and evaded due process”. This blatant falsehood coming from a law enforcement agency, that is expected to be neutral and lawful, is unfortunate, to say the least.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Hon Speaker came to National Assembly accompanied by Hon Members as is customary during any sitting of the House. They all came with their official vehicles but were disallowed from driving into the premises. Certainly Hon Members, who arrived the precinct of the National Assembly in response to a call to perform an urgent, critical national assignment, cannot be described by any self respecting institution as “a motley crowd “
“It is important to remind the Nigeria Police Force that as a public institution that provides common services for all the arms of government, they must not allow themselves to be used by one of the arms to undermine the others.