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Speakers concerned at removal of security aides

31 October 2014, 09:16 Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Speaker House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has accused the police of illegality by withdrawing his security aides.

This was contained in a statement from his office signed by the speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam.  

“The office of the Hon Speaker House of Representatives, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has received with shock and amazement the statement issued by the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters justifying the withdrawal of Police Security Personnel attached to the Hon Speaker, by the Inspector General of Police," read a statement.

“In the said (police) statement, the Force has stated to the effect that by his defection from the PDP to the APC the Hon Speaker is in breach of Section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution and is consequently no longer entitled to police security. Nothing can be further from the truth."

According to APC, the implication of the Inspector General of Police's statement was that as sanction for this constitutional breach, he had removed Tambuwal from office of Speaker House of Representatives.

Also Read: APC wants Speaker's security details restored

“For the avoidance of doubt the question of whether or not there is a division or faction in the PDP has been resolved by Lord Justice Faji of the Ilorin Division of Federal High Court in suit FHC/ IL/CS/6/2014 in which the court held that indeed there were factions in the PDP,” the statement read.

It added that in suit no FHC/S/ CS/4/2014 the Sokoto Division of the Federal High Court per Justice Aikawa, the judgment of the court was that there was not only Division but faction in the PDP which later merged with the APC.

“As the number four citizen in the hierarchy of protocol in the country, the Speaker is entitled to security protection by the security agencies, therefore we see the action of the Inspector General of Police as not only contempt of the courts but a ploy to bring harm to the person of Tambuwal."

The Speaker office said Section 215 of the 1999 Constitution did not contemplate the issuing of or compliance with unlawful orders by the President and/or the Inspector General of Police respectively.

“What the Inspector General of Police has done therefore has no basis in law including the 1999 Constitution which he has cited. It is a brazen act of crass impunity, gross Constitutional breach and contempt of court, The Inspector General should desist from assuming or usurping the constitutional functions of the Judiciary.”

- CAJ News


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