Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former army general Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a press conference in Kano, northern Nigeria, on January 21, 2015. Nigeria's main opposition candidate today rejected claims about hi ~ AMINU ABUBAKAR
Enugu - 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
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.
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"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
"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
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.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that 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.