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IGP apologises to Reps over re-opening of Kogi Assembly

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has apologised to the House of Representatives for the re-opening of the Kogi State House of Assembly, in defiance of the National Assembly resolution that it be shut pending when the leadership crisis there was settled.

He made his apology while responding to questions from newsmen, on Thursday, after appearing before the House of Representatives’ Ad-Hoc Committee investigating the re-opening of the Kogi assembly. Arase attributed what led to the re-opening of the assembly complex by the police to a breakdown in communication.

He added that as a law-abiding police officer, he wouldn’t knowingly flout the constitution, which he had sworn to protect.

“It (hearing) went very well; we were able to understand ourselves that there was a communication breakdown. I wouldn’t do anything to breach the constitution. I am a law- abiding officer. I am sworn to obey the constitution. There was a break down somewhere, but we will resolve it”, Arase added.

Meanwhile, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, is to appear before the House Ad Hoc Committee, on Monday, to explain why he advised the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase to re-open the Kogi state House of Assembly in defiance of the resolution passed by the House.

Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee and Majority Leader of the House, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, who disclosed this, Thursday, told newsmen that the minister would make his deposition before it next week on why he directed the police chief to flout the House’s resolution that the Kogi State House of Assembly complex be sealed pending when the leadership crisis rocking the state legislature was resolved.

He said that the Committee, which met behind closed doors, listened to the explanations of Arase, adding the hearing would be concluded next Monday, when Malami would appear before the Committee.

Gbajabiamila said that the interaction with Arase was revealing, maintaining that “all the House wanted to know was why the resolution of the National Assembly was disobeyed and why the Kogi State House of Assembly was re-opened.

“The Inspector-General gave his explanation; he was advised by the Attorney-General. I think we are making good, steady progress, and I think we would conclude this matter next week.,

When asked whether Arase would carry out the resolution of the National Assembly by closing the Kogi State House of Assembly complex, Gbajabiamila replied that, “we are not there yet. The hearing is a process; this is the first day and there are several sides to it.

“We have taken the deposition of the Inspector-General. The Attorney-General will be with us on Monday.

“The resolution of the House was not to go back to status quo. The resolution of the House was to conduct a hearing to find out why it hasn’t happened and we are getting there”.

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