Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Sulaiman Abba, is to appear before the Senate today, Tuesday. Abba was invited last week to explain the role of the Police in the invasion of, and ensuing chaos at, the National Assembly. Senate President David Mark, invoking his power as Chairman of the National Assembly, shut the parliament until Tuesday, 25 November.
The Police action at the parliament was supposedly aimed at stopping the embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, from presiding over the special convocation for discussion on extending the emergency rule in the three North-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
The lawmakers eventually subdued the police barricade and held a meeting, in which they declined President Goodluck Jonathan’s request. They implored the President to invoke his constitutional power to deploy troops to any part of the country distressed by public violence.
A Newsbreak source claimed some aggrieved senators met Monday to take a position on the IGP, and might compel him to resign. While that may be an option, pushing it through the divided Senate will be a Herculean task for the senators, who majorly are of the All Progressives Congress, APC. “They met and took a hard-line position on the partisan conduct of the IGP, as it always with Nigerian politicians, the plan will fail on primordial basis. Also, the Presidency is not leaving any stone un-turned in its effort to undo what ever plans they have hatched,” the source said.
Not only was the Assembly cordoned by the Police and opposition lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress, APC, stopped from entering, Policemen tear-gassed the lawmakers, including Tambuwal. The lawmakers also threatened to sack the president, a request which was last reported to have garnered 131 signatures.
The Senate will also interrogate the counter-terrorism operations of the Nigerian Military, for which it invited the service chiefs to appear before it. The Senate has failed to reach a decision on President Jonathan’s emergency rule request.