Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, said
unless he receives proper and
adequate legal advice from the
competent federal government
team he would be unable to
enforce the resolution of the
National Assembly to seal Kogi
House of Assembly complex.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls
that the Senate had approved
the resolution of the House of
Representatives to take over
the legislative functions of the
Kogi State House of Assembly,
following the crises in the state
assembly.
The Senate also adopted
the House of Representatives
resolution, which declared null
and void, the impeachment
proceeding embarked upon
by five members against the
Speaker, Mr. Momoh Jimoh-
Lawal.
In approving the resolution
of the House, the Senate
condemned the role played
by the Police in subverting the
provisions of the constitution
by providing cover for only
five members out of the 20
lawmakers in the state, to
commit illegality.
It, therefore, directed the IGP
to seal off the Kogi State House
of Assembly complex until the matter is finally resolved.
Before this directive, the House
of Representatives had a week
earlier taken over the Kogi State
House of Assembly following the
impeachment of Jimoh-Lawal, a
development that generated crisis
in the assembly.
The House of Representatives
went a step further to take over
the Kogi Assembly in compliance
with Section 11(4) of the 1999
Constitution (as amended).
It took the decision after
IG ARASEconsidering and approving
the report of a 10-member
investigative panel headed by the
Deputy House Whip, Mr. Pally
Iriase, to intervene.
The Senate was required by law
to uphold the resolution of the
House.
The upper chamber’s action
was to make the House of
Reps decision, comply with the
constitutional provision requiring
the National Assembly to effect
the takeover in line with Section
11(4) of the constitution, pending
the resolution of the political crisis
in the House.
However, the Inspector General
said unless he receives legal advice
from the office of the Attorney
General of the Federation and
Minister of Justice, he would be
unable to carry out the directive of
the National Assembly.
Already, Arase said he has
sought legal advice from the
Attorney General’s office but was
yet to receive the needed response
stressing that until such legal
advice comes he may be unable
to enforce the dire4ctive to seal
the Kogi House of Assembly
Complex.
He said that the position of
the Senate had been sent to the
minister for his advice on the
matter.
`”What I have done is to send
the papers to the minister of
Justice for his advice. I am a police
officer; I also need the advice of
a legal expert to actually know
the way forward. Once I get the
response of the minister, I will be
able to take a decision,” he said.
Arase disclosed this while
speaking with newsmen in Abuja
on Saturday at the sidelines of
an exercise tagged ‘Walk Against
Crime ‘, organised as part of
activities to mark the police week.
“We are really encouraged that
you have come this morning in
spite of your numerous schedules,
to assist us to walk against crime.
This is one of the stories we have
been trying to preach that the
police cannot do it alone,” he said.


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