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Tell your men to vacate Benue Assembly, police commission urged

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The Benue government has urged the Police Service Commission (PSC) to end the occupation of the State House of Assembly by officers of the force.

The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Michael Gusa, in a letter to the PSC chairman dated July 31, 2018, stated: “We call on you to intervene and direct the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, Benue State, to withdraw the officers and men from the illegal invasion and sealing up of the Assembly complex.”

He also requested that the new Speaker, Titus Uba, and the other members be granted access to the building to carry out their functions.

Gusa said: “The change in leadership of the House is a routine legislative affairs to which the police are not expected to take sides and unleash chaos on that arm of government.”

The CP had on July 28, 2018 based on a directive from the IGP deployed officers to shut the assembly premises.

But the commissioner retorted: “In order to forestall breakdown of law and order, the affected lawmakers took up an action at the High Court and secured an order of interim injunction restraining the police from sealing the complex or interfering with the functions of the new leadership of the House.”

According to him, the force has disobeyed the court order hence the need to seek the intervention of the commission.

Several documents, including proceedings of the Assembly, as well as pictures of policemen in the Assembly Complex, were attached to the letter of complaint.


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