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IGP defends police action in NASS, says Tambuwal men assaulted police

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The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has defended the deployment of Police personnel in the National Assembly, Abuja, on Thursday, saying they were deployed to prevent a breakdown of law and order, following an intelligence report of a likely invasion of the House of Representatives by hoodlums and thugs.

Abba Suleiman, New Inspector General of Police
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Abba explained that in the course of screening the house members and visitors, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, arrived with a motley crowd and assaulted the Police operatives on duty.

The IG in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, in Abuja, cautioned politicians and their followers to respect constituted authority and due process and to desist from the use of thugs to pursue their agenda.

He stated that the Police would continually apply all lawful means to prevent a breakdown of law and order in all segments of the society and “shall apply the full weight of the law on any political actor who violates the peace and security of the nation.”

The statement read, “Following an intelligence report of a likely invasion of the House of Representatives by hoodlums and thugs, the Nigeria Police Force promptly deployed its personnel to the premises to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

“Consequently, the Police condoned the area and began screening of all members and visitors alike.

“In the course of this lawful exercise, Alh. Aminu Tambuwal arrived the venue with a motley crowd, who broke the cordon, assaulted the Police and evaded due process and the Police had the duty to restore order and normalcy, using lawful means.

“The IG seizes this medium to warn all political actors and their followers to respect constituted authority and due process and to desist from the use of thugs to pursue their agenda.”

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