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Rivers Speaker denies receiving request from police to question lawmaker

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By Davies Iheamnachor

PORT HAR-COURT— Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi Owaji-Igbani, has insisted that he is yet to receive any letter from the State Police Command requesting the release of a state lawmaker accused of being a member of a cult group.

A suspected cultist, Justice Oti, popularly called ‘High Tension, an indigene of Odisama in Ahoada East Local Government, who was arrested in Bauchi State, had allegedly admitted being a member of Icelander cult.

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The 24 years old suspected cultist, on interrogation by the police, had mentioned a lawmaker in the state assembly as their member.

It was gathered that the state police command had allegedly written to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji-Igbani, to release the lawmaker for interview by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS, headed by Mr. Akin Fakorede.

In a letter, obtained through a source close to Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Zaki, dated October 9, the command indicated that it was investigating cases of kidnapping and murder in Ahoada East Local Government involving Oti and members of his gang and urged the assembly to release the lawmaker mentioned.

Owaji-Igbani, yesterday, stressed that the House is not aware of any letter from the command, adding that there is a standard procedure to invite a lawmaker involved in any unlawful act for questioning.

He said: “It is the standard norm that if any member of the Rivers State House of Assembly is wanted or need by any security agency for interview for what so ever reason, the agency responsible will write through the Divisional Officer, who is a security personnel resident here, who will now inform the Speaker that a member is need for interrogation by the police, DSS or any other security agency.

But as I speak there is no letter from the police high command or any Divisional Police Headquarters in the State demanding the release of any of the member of the house for questioning.”

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