Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Honourable Isah Kawu yesterday directed the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Amore, to order his men who have been occupying the state assembly since last week Tuesday to vacate the complex to allow for legislative work.
He also advised his predecessor, Hon. Adamu Usman, to stop parading himself as speaker of the house.
The speaker said the house might be forced to take action against the police boss and the former speaker.
Kawu, who spoke to newsmen in Minna yesterday, condemned the continued occupation of the house by the police, which he said was a breach of the right of the lawmakers to congregate and carry out their duties.
He said though the police yesterday relaxed the siege on the house by allowing only assembly staff into the complex, legislators were still barred from assessing the assembly to carry out their constitutional duties.
Kawu described the continued occupation by the police as a gag on the legislators, which he said was unacceptable, unconstitutional and a violation of the right of the lawmakers.
Asked what the lawmakers would do if the commissioner failed to withdraw his men, Kawu said “we have many options which I may not want to disclose now. He (commissioner) should know that we can sit anywhere but that is not in the good image of the state that law enforcement agents are at the gate of the assembly blocking members in a peace time.”
The speaker warned his predecessor of consequences if he failed to heed his advice.
“If he (Usman) fails to stop parading himself as speaker, he will incur the wrath of the law. I shall report to the house to deliberate on action to be taken on him,” Kawu warned.
When contacted on phone, the Police Commissioner said his men were still in the house in compliance with a court order.
Justifying police action, Amore said, “I am only acting on court order. I have two orders; one from an action by Speaker Adamu Usman and the other from an action by the Chief Servant (governor). Police was joined in the suits and we are only obeying court order.”

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