HOUSE of Representatives
yesterday issued a terse warning
to officers and men of the Nigerian
Police to ensure strict adherence to
rule of engagement and respect of
rights of Nigerian citizens in the
discharge of their duties.
The lawmakers spoke against
the backdrop of various probes
instituted by the House of
Representatives and the Senate on
the criminal activities of the police
unit and recent insinuation credited
to the police that politicians were
the backers of the campaign by
#EndSARS against alleged criminal
and inhuman treatments levelled
against the Special Anti-Robbery
Squad, SARS, a unit under the
Nigerian Police Force.
The group had sometime in
September forwarded a petition to
the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, over
the misdemeanor of SARS, which
the House is probing.
Spokesperson of the
representatives, Razak Namdas, at
the weekly media briefing of the
House Press Corps warned the
police to respect the constitutional
rights of the citizens and the sanctity
of the parliament.
He cautioned the police, especially
the force public relations officer,
Moshood Jimoh, whose statement
allegedly tried to cast aspersions
on the speaker and the integrity
of the House as an institution of
supporting such campaigns.
Namdas said the House was
the people’s home and therefore
would rise to protect Nigerians
against any obnoxious tendencies
of any government agency.
Of the speaker’s alleged
role in the #SARS campaign
Namdas noted that Dogara
was a man of the people and
believed in the sovereignty of
the people.
He noted that at no time the
speaker or members of the
House who were a large group
of the political class sponsored
anyone or the #SARS group
against the police or any
government institution, but
warned that the police should
not create any controversy
out of the matter, instead they
should face the SARS issue.
“Police must know that
sovereignty belongs to the
people. The people can come
to parliament to submit their
petition. It is the House of the
People,” he said.
He warned that as a
government agency, the
police must subject itself to
parliamentary oversight and
not above the law, if not the
House would wield its big stick.
The Reps, however, enjoined
Nigerians and the #SARs group
to be law abiding and operate
within the confines of the law,
insisting that a thorough probe
of allegations against the police
unit would be carried out by the
House.

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