The Nigeria Police Force has said the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, was blocked from entering the National Assembly , Thursday, so as to forestall the breakdown of law and order based on an intelligence report of the invasion of the National Assembly by hoodlums.
In a statement by CP Emmanule Ojukwu, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, the Police said it promptly deployed its personnel to the premises to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
Heavily armed security operatives, Thursday, prevented the Speaker Aminu Tambuwal from gaining access to the House to preside over the deliberation on the extension of emergency rule in the North-East.
The Police fired tear gas at the Speaker and other lawmakers in the process.
“Following an intelligence report of a likely invasion of the House of Representatives by hoodlums and thugs, the Nigeria Police Force promptly deployed its personnel to the premises to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
Consequently, the Police condoned the area and began screening of all members and visitors alike.
In the course of this lawful exercise, Alh. Aminu Tambuwal CFR, arrived the venue with a motley crowd, who broke the cordon, assaulted the Police and evaded due process and the Police had the duty to restore order and normalcy, using lawful means.
The IGP seizes this medium to warn all political actors and their followers to respect constituted authority and due process and to desist from the use of thugs to pursue their agenda.
The Nigeria Police shall continually apply all lawful means to prevent a breakdown of law and order in all segments of the society and shall apply the full weight of the law on any political actor who violates the peace and security of the nation.
Ag. CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER