Edo Assembly crisis: APC lawmakers accuse Police of bias

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BY SIMON EBEGBULEM

BENIN—The 15 All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers in Edo State, yesterday, held a parallel plenary at the old House of Assembly complex, Government House Benin City and accused the Police in the state of bias.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, nine lawmakers had earlier held theirs at the Anthony Enahoro Assembly Complex, in front of the entrance to the chambers.

EDO ASSEMBLY CRISIS—Police at the Edo State House of Assembly as the crisis in the House continued, yesterday. Photo: Barnabas Uzosike.

EDO ASSEMBLY CRISIS—Police at the Edo State House of Assembly as the crisis in the House continued. Photo: Barnabas Uzosike.

However, the 15 APC lawmakers led by the Speaker, Mr Uyi Igbe and other administrative staff of the Assembly, including the Clerk of the House, Sergeant at Arms and others, held plenary at the former Assembly quarters in Government House, where they had relocated last week due to the on-going renovation work at the Ring Road Assembly complex.

At the sitting, they called on President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the Inspector General of Police, IG, Mr. Muhammed Abubakar, to call the police in the state to order, alleging that they were being used by some politicians.

Moving a motion under matters of urgent public importance, the member representing Akoko-Edo constituency I, Kabiru Adjoto, said the police have abdicated their responsibility of protecting the public and constituted themselves into “protégé of the PDP with their supervision of the destruction of government property.”

The motion was seconded by Mr Sunday Aghedo, representing Ovia South-West constituency. The Speaker directed that copies of the resolution be sent to the President, IG, Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Zone 5, Commissioner of Police, ECOWAS and United Nations Security Councils Secretariats in Abuja for action.

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