Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police,
Mr Suleiman Abba, has called on politicians to respect constituted authority,
follow due process and desist from using thugs.
Abba, however, warned that the force would apply all lawful
means to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the country.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Force
Spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, an Acting Commissioner of Police, on Thursday.
The statement also said that the police would apply the "full weight of the law on any political actor, who violates the peace and
security of the nation’’.
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It said that the force deployed its personnel to the
premises of the National Assembly on Thursday following intelligence report
that hoodlums and thugs were about to invade the House of Representatives.
"Consequently, the police condoned off the area and began
screening all members and visitors alike.
"In the course of this lawful exercise, Alhaji Aminu
Tambuwal, the Speaker of House Representatives, arrived the venue with a motley
crowd, who broke the cordon and assaulted the police.
"They evaded due process and the police had the duty to
restore order and normalcy, using lawful means,’’ the statement said.