Following the petition of Senator Remi Tinubu (APC Lagos Central) to the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for police protection after an altercation with Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) during a closed door session of the senate last week, a United Kingdom-based organisation, the Commonwealth Liberation Party, TCLP, has asked the police chief not to intervene in the matter.
Rather, the organization advised that the matter which it noted, happened in Senate plenary, be left for the legislature to handle amicably.
Chairman of TCLP, Prof. Alexia Thomas, who is also a chieftain the Commonwealth Treaty Alliance Commission, tasked the IGP to ensure that no police officers were deployed to the Senate based on Tinubu’s complaint to the police, saying any such act would violate the principle of independence of the legislature.
In a statement, released in Abuja, Prof. Thomas stressed “The Inspector General is advised that no police officers are allowed into the Senate because Remi Tinubu undermined the powers of the House and took matters to the police without first and foremost complaining to the Senate”.
‘’The Inspector General of Police is advised not to intervene in the matter of the Senate unless invited by the Senate President or his deputy, as they are capable of managing their own Affairs.
“Even when they fight in the House, they have amongst themselves counsels to redress issues and penalise within the rules if violated by persons of the House, “he added.
The group asked Senator Remi Tinubu to send an apology to every man in the Senate for starting the abuse on Melaye, in “ obedience of service to motherland’’, saying failure of which it would not hesitate to call for her recall from the Senate.
“In obedience of Service to Motherland, Remi Tinubu is expected to send an apology letter to every man she has insulted in the Senate or failure the House will employ its disciplinary conduct and if she is found guilty, she will be unseated.
“Senator Remi Tinubu’s action to verbally Assault Senator Dino Melaye, itself constitutes an indictable criminal offence of assault and harassment hinged on black mail and deformation of character and Mr. Melaye is within his legal remit to seek justice for claims of compensation for damages caused on his reputation”, he said.

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