By Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA — MEMBERS of the House of Representatives, yester-day, mandated the House Committee on Police Affairs to summon the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, to explain the role of the police in the alleged harassment of G-7 governors at the Kano State Government House on Sunday.
The committee is also expected to ascertain the circumstances leading to the invasion of the Kano gover-nor’s lodge by officers of the Nigeria Police Force under the Command of a Divisio-nal Police Officer, DPO, and report back to the House within two weeks.
This development was sequel to a motion brought to the floor of the House under Matters of National Importance by Idris Kutigi, PDP, Niger State.
The motion was signed by other 60 members and entitled: Impunity and Disregard to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999 (As Amended) by the Nigeria Police Force.
Drama, however, ensued immediately the motion was announced on the floor of the House as members of the old PDP tried to kill the motion, while the opposition splinter PDP resisted the move.
The presiding officer, Emeka Ihedioha had to take the voice vote twice to ensure the right thing was done.
In his presentation after decorum was restored, Kutigi said: “The action of the Nigeria Police Force violated the provision of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999(as amended), specifically sections 40 and 308(1) (a) and (3).”
He explained that “as Members of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we swore to defend and protect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
“We recall that on Sunday 3rd November, 2013 when the G-7 Governors and Members of the National Assembly were holding a meeting at the Kano State Government lodge Asokoro, the Divisional Police Officer Asokoro division stormed the lodge midway into the meeting with instruction from the villa to disperse or arrest the Governors if they refuse to stop the meeting.
“It was acknowledged that the meeting was convened to fashion out a lasting solution to the lingering crises in the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)
He expressed concern that “ the continued impunity and disregard for the constituted authority by the men and officers of the Nigerian Police Force is fast becoming too alarming. “
He said the Police Authorities have in recent times disrupted several meetings of these Governors by sealing their meeting venues.
Continuing: Kutigi said “a police officer of the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) boldly attempted to arrest and disrupt the meeting of the G-7 Governors in disregard to their constitutional immunity in section 308 of the 1999 constitution”.
“The way and manner the Nigeria Police treats elected Representatives of Nigerians, amount to a total disregard to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is regretful”.
He regretted that “if the rights and privileges of these Governors and Members of the National Assembly can be so threatened, then an ordinary man in Nigeria has no hope and confidence in the Nigerian Police Force”.
He advised that the House should condemn in strongest term the actions of the Nigeria Police Force and mandate the Police Affairs committee to invite the Inspector General of Police to explain the role of his men.
Vanguard recall that CSP Nanna Ama had last Sunday led a team of policemen to disrupt the G-7 PDP governors meeting being held at the Kano state Government Lodge, located at Asokoro in Abuja.