Authorities of the Nigeria Police in Enugu State have given reasons why their men have remained in the premises of the Enugu State House of Assembly, contrary to the order of the Federal High Court, Enugu to vacate the premises for the legislative business to continue in earnest.
The Police Command’s image maker, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, told Nigerian Pilot that they would not move an inch from the complex for security reasons.
According to Amaraizu, they got information that there were plans to raze the complex should police bulge in obedience to the court order.
He said: “We have a complaint, threat to wit of burning down the Assembly Complex. We are not the ones that locked up the complex. We have a police station there and our being there is to prevent the breakdown of law and order and destruction of property.”
In spite of the reasons adduced by the police for sealing the a complex since May 4, 2015, it is believed that Governor Sullivan Chime was behind the action to prevent the Speaker-led House from impeaching him a few days to the end of his tenure.
This could explain why Chime refused to heed the governor-elect’s peace overtures that status ante be maintained by recognising the splinter group of nine House members who purportedly suspended the Speaker and six others and supplanted them with a new leadership.