November 26, 2015

Police barricades Delta Assembly complex, attempted to arrest suspended LG chair  

By Festus Ahon

ASABA –  THERE was a midday drama at the Delta State House of Assembly, Thursday when armed policemen attached to the State police command ambushed the suspended Chairman of Uvwie local government council, Mr Henry Baro for an arrest.

The Armed policemen who barricaded the Assembly complex gate with their pick up van, alleged that there was a petition against Mr Henry Baro and they had the authority of the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Akali to arrest him.

But Mr Henry Baro explained to them that he was in the House on invitation and had an appointment to keep with his doctor.

While enjoining the defiant policemen who were apparently doing the bidding of their complainant to let him go and would be back any other fixed for him to report, the leader of the team, a Superintendent  of Police whose name was known as at press time insisted on not allowing him to go.

The complainant who accompanied the policemen used his car to barricade the second gate of the complex meant for members of the House in an attempt to ensure that Mr Henry Baro was arrested.

The commotion which lasted for over an hour forced the Speaker of the House, Chief Monday Igbuya, his Deputy, Mr Friday Osanebi, and other members of the House who had gone home to back to the Assembly complex.

On sighting the Speaker of the House and his convoy, the Armed policemen who barricaded the general gate fled the scene.

The complainant who is suspectedly being sponsored by the political opponents of the suspended Chairman was not lucky as he was engaging the supporters of Baro in a fight inside the premises as at the Speaker arrived, had his vehicle impounded with the tyres removed on the orders of the House leadership.

Igbuya who was visibly angry with the situation said Baro was not a common criminal who was evading arrest and said the police could reach him (Baro) in his house for arrest and not in the Assembly complex.