IGP Shuns Reps Invitation over National Assembly Invasion

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The Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, on Friday, refused to honour the invitation of the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs over the invasion of the National Assembly by armed policemen.

He was however represented by the Deputy Inspector General, Operations, Mr Sotonye Wakama but the committee rejected his representation.

It will be recalled that the National Assembly complex was invaded by security agents on Thursday where the Speaker and other lawmakers were teargassed and in response , on Thursday, summoned Abba over the incident

During the committee’s sitting, the chairman of the committee, Honourable Usman Kumo, read the letter from the IGP presented to him by the DIG which read: “Re: Letter of Invitation to the House Committee on Police Affairs with reference number CB:3380/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL8/806.

“Your letter No. NASS/7HR/CT.71/VOLIII/221, dated 20th November, 2014 on the above subject matter refers. Due to exigency of duty, the Inspector General of Police will not be able to appear before the House.

“Meanwhile, he has directed the Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations to represent him.”

The letter was signed by a principal staff officer, CP Austin Iwar.

Upon reading the letter, Kumo, in company with other members of the committee said “this committee invited the IGP to come before it to explain the unfortunate incident that happened yesterday (Thursday). The IG failed to appear but sent his DIG operations as well as a letter explaining his inability to appear before the committee.

“The constitution empowers the House through its committees to summon anybody to appear before it. It is in view of this that the committee is fixing this hearing for November 26th for the IGP to appear for this interactive, question and answer session.

“It will be very important that the IGP should appear in person to put the record straight,” the chairman said.

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