The Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Eugene Odo, on Thursday alleged that the police want to detain him over a purported forgery of N12 billion naira. Odo, who briefed newsmen in Enugu on Thursday over the impasse between the lawmakers and Gov. Sullivan Chime, called on the Inspector-General of Police to intervene.
He noted that in spite of the court order by the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu which restrain the police from curtailing his liberty, granted him and other lawmakers’ unfettered access to the assembly complex.
Odo expressed regret that up till Thursday the Monday was yet to be obeyed by the police. He said he was rather invited by the Commissioner of Police in Enugu on phone over a petition by the governor highlighting issues raised in the impeachment notice.
“This is a legislative matter and not a police affair. I suspect a situation where we may be detained and poisoned. “This is to bring the matter to the attention of the public and ask the IGP to intervene.
“This is the first time legislative duties are carried to the police. Matters of impeachment is to make responses and not for the police to take over.
“I hope that Enugu State people will not allow this. The police should obey court orders and not to restrain us to carry out our legislative functions. “What we are suspecting is not favourable to my personal liberty and it goes to show the level of impunity going on in this state,’’ he alleged. Odo alleged that the police was getting involved in the saga, and urged them to do their functions.
He said that he was re-invited to report to the police on Monday, May 18, as he was not disposed to report on Thursday. A Federal High Court sitting in Enugu had on Monday, directed the police to vacate the premises of the assembly complex. The court also granted the speaker and 14 other lawmakers’ unfettered access to perform their legislative duties.