Why we blocked Tambuwal from entering National Assembly — Police

The Nigeria Police Force has defended its decision to block the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, from the National Assembly Thursday, saying the operation was based on an “intelligence report” and was meant to forestall the invasion of the assembly by “hoodlums”.

Mr. Tambuwal was barred from the assembly by security operatives on the first day the House was to sit since he defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Police fired teargas to stop mainly opposition lawmakers, including Mr. Tambuwal, from accessing the assembly, before the speaker’s loyalists smuggled him through security barriers into the House of Representatives chamber.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the police of acting on the directives of President Goodluck Jonathan to pave the way for Mr. Tambuwal’s removal as speaker.

In a statement hours after the attack, police said the action was to prevent the breakdown of law and order at the National Assembly and that its personnel had “the duty to restore order and normalcy, using lawful means”.

“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,” a statement by police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said.

“Consequently, the Police condoned the area and began screening of all members and visitors alike.”

The statement accused Mr. Tambuwal of arriving with a crowd, assaulting the police and violating a security cordon.
The Nigeria police was the first government establishment to move against Mr. Tambuwal after he defected to the APC on October 28.

On October 29, the police withdrew the speaker’s security aides and announced that Mr. Tambuwal was no longer the speaker.

In the statement issued by Mr. Ojukwu Thursday, the police did not refer to Mr. Tambuwal as the speaker of the House of Representatives.

Read the full statement below:
“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
Force Headquarters

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  • Gboyega Aderemi

    The Police is correct on this matter. Aminu Tambuwal is not a member of the House of Representatives.
    The law places the onus on him – not on the Police – to get a court order that there’s division in PDP.

    • tensiond

      You said “Aminu Tambuwal is not a member of the House of Representatives.” – are you alright?

    • John

      Same way Mimiko is no longer a governor cos of his defection, why do people like you reason upside down, the other members of the house dt defected to APC still attend the house seating, what makes Tambuwal case different. With people like u no wonder the country still serves its so called leaders

    • Iro

      You must be a daft and clueless lawyer if you are one

      • Gboyega Aderemi

        Mr. Iro,

        Eh, follow the law! A legislator who defects to another party SHALL lose his membership –
        of the House or the Senate – UNLESS he or she can show there’s a division in the party
        party he’s defected from. That is the law of Nigeria. Responsible people must obey the law.

    • howen

      Mr gbenga or what do you call yourself,are you sure you’re a nigerian?saying elected honorable is no longer a member means you don’t av any idea of what is going on in the country.

    • Taiwo

      How could you say he is not a member of the house any more? Is it because he changed his party?

    • True Nigerian

      You use language like a lawyer, but then your argument comes across like those of a fish. And the greatest skill of a lawyer is not his or her way with words, but also the quality of his reasoning. Based on what you just wrote here, if you are truly a lawyer, your clients are in great danger. And if you are not a lawyer, those who reason with you on a daily basis must be very patient people…and that is to say the least. If you are not a lawyer, I feel sorry for your intellect and those that paid your school fees.

      How on earth does his party membership equate to his mandate by his contituency voters? Secondly, I don’t know how anyone who claims to be a lawyer would arrive at the utterly stoopid conclusion that Tambuwal is not a member of the House anymore, when the court already said that the status quo ante must be maintained. A lawyer that does not even respect the decision of the court. O’ boy! This country is in trouble because of lawyers like you – Aondoaaka, Bello Adoke, Olujimi, Fani-Kayode, Reno Omokri, etc. Those are actually your type which we have had as Attorneys-General. It’s a shame to the legal profession.

      Please, Nigeria doesn’t have enough manufacturers and vulcanisers o! You need to look into those options as alternative career o! Just my humble suggestion.

      • Gboyega Aderemi

        Mr. True Nigerian,

        Eh, follow the law! A legislator who defects to another party SHALL lose his membership –
        of the House or the Senate – UNLESS he or she can show there’s a division in the party
        party he’s defected from. That is the law of Nigeria. Responsible people must obey the law.

  • Folahan

    May God punish this man. Is he trying to take nigerians for fools. It would have been better if he just kept quiet.

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    OUR PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN MUST DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA OR RESIGN !!!

    Going by very clear provisions of the Nigerian Constitution ….. Hon. Aminu Tambuwaal is no longer a member of the House of Representatives and he is no longer a member of the National Assembly.

    His presence in the National Assembly Complex today is a clear breach of National Security and indeed a clear violation of the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    President Goodluck Jonathan must do three of many things today and he must do them urgently:

    1. President Goodluck Jonathan must do a nationwide broadcast this evening reminding all Nigerians of the need for them to be law abiding and the need to respect the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution. In the broadcast President Goodluck Jonathan must also restate his own responsibility to defend and uphold the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.

    2. President Goodluck Jonathan must instruct the Security Agencies to deal ruthlessly with any one who thinks he or she is above the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria no matter how highly placed.

    3. President Goodluck Jonathan must assure Nigerians that someone who is no longer a member of the National Assembly will never be allowed to preside over the House of Representatives as Speaker

    Going by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria …….. Aminu Tambuwaal is no longer a member of the House of Representives and no longer a member of the National Assembly …… his presence in the National Assembly Complex today should have earned him some lessons in personal discipline.

    Signed:
    Salisu Dan-Gombe
    For: Sarduana Restoration Movement

    • True Nigerian

      You are obviously the same guy (with pseudonym “Goodluck Jonathan”) whom I challenged his poorly reasoned lies earlier in the day. Your writing style betrays you big time! How can you not see anything wrong in something that is so obviously bad, ugly and wrong it is? It’s incredible how you people reason. Your minds and consciences are rotten and rusted to dust.

      How much do they pay you guys for these totally blind and embarrassing perspectives on the damage of your own country? Here is one thing you bunch of blinded bigots should know: if the kind of Presidential impunity you guys are supporting throws this country into war, Jonathan will be on the first plane out of Nigeria. I and my entire family will also be on a plane to a very safe first world country, and we don’t need a visa or ticket to leave this country. So it is you, your likes and your families that will kill and butcher yourselves like chickens and rats in this country. Just make a note of that.

    • ejeh okaba

      You are fake. A true Sardauna disciple hates injustice. In the spirit of justice, “OUR PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN MUST DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA” by asking Governor Mimiko and Ondo legislators to return to the Labour Party “OR RESIGN !!!” I’ve not seen security-men shutting down the Government House or House of Assembly there.Your coin has one side only. Democracy is indeed taking root.

  • Otile

    Where did Imam Abu Tambuwal study his own law, at ABU perharps? Nigeria is in trouble with these kinds of Esquires. The brain is a terrible thing to waste.

    • kick ’em out

      I guess he learnt it in Uniport where Your Dumbo got his “phd” in zoology

      • tuco

        Hahaha you see, its zoology. Obviously he’s supposed to have gone and lead an animal kingdom, not that of humans. So is no surprise we are having all this mess.

        • Mohstone

          Ofcourse, a zoo keeper cannot handle humans properly.

  • Ola

    You are a bloody liar. Do you think Nigerians are fools like you. Nigerians knows that you are carrying out your master’s directives but belief me you, you will perish with him next year May 29, 2015 In Sha Allah.

  • MushinSpeaks

    If this we will continue to get from our security operatives, then we are doomed! We should expect less from them and pray to God to protect us.

    Our trillions spent on security is a waste!

  • Spoken word

    How come you don’t use your intelligence reports when it comes to Boko haram. The police force in this country has become a joke. They will never take the side of a common man or any one in opposition only take sides with those in power.sad…….sometimes I wonder if Nigerians were created never to be able to govern themselves.

  • My Pain is that how can these so called honorable men put up such an act to the extend of even harnessing and assaulting the police? if for some reason the gate was shut or everyone was made to undergo seriously screening before entering the building, was that reason enough for the so called Honorableness to fight their way in? The security operatives never prevented them from entering the premisses they only subjected every one to an usual screening with a good and logical reason.

    APC law makers are complaining that the police had no regard for the 4th citizen of Nigeria, but they almost rough handled the 3rd citizen of Nigeria, David Mark as soon as he stepped into the lower chambers.

    • Emeka

      From what you wrote here, do I take it that you are sane or has the madness of PDP/Jonathan infected you? No sane person can make this kind of argument given the report of wha happened today.

    • amazing2012

      Unusual screeing ? And the IG says they ” “prevented” him on intelligence report ! When how and what is right?

  • me

    This guy will definitely end up in prison or in exile. I can smell it.

  • ian

    We all saw the video. Haba! Always a reason to support impunity.

  • amazing2012

    Intelligence report ? Why do they police jus looked at people jumping fence to get to the NA and did not stop them ? Nigeria is in trouble under cursed Jonathan !

  • Spoken word

    This IG needs to know that he will end up carrying the can for the misdeeds of this government. It took years before Sunday Adewusi could redeem himself after all that happened during shagari’s government.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    This man was doing his job until the APC hoodlum legislators chose to attack security agents,these are the same miscreants attempting to hijack political power at the centre at all cost !!

    • Preco01

      Have you collected your N1500 from Reno Omokkri today? you paid hack!!

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Mind your business jare !
        The subject matter is Tambuwal’s disruptive shenanigans !!

        • endingNaija

          But Reno Omokri is paying you from our taxes-because Reno Omokri collects your salary form the Jonathan presidency. So it is important for us to know if you have collected the N1500 today. We do not Pastor Reno Omokri to hold onto everything he collects on your behalf without giving you “something”. So Tawaboy have you collected your “something” from Reno?

    • Scalywag

      Someone says you collect only 500 nairn from Wenden Slimline per day for your hack posts. Boy you must be very cheap o. Anyway let me mind my business.

  • Prof. Wole Soyinka

    JONATHAN MUST GO NOW

    I read this statement from the IG with much concern. I had expected that the IG wil tell Nigerians that he is committed to defending the Nigerian Constitution which Aminu Tambuwaal and his cohorts are trampling under their foot.

    I doubt if the IG has read the Nigerian Constitution.

    The provisions of the Nigerian Constitution are very clear and Tambuwaal’s presence at the National Complex and his attempt to attend the meetings of the House of Representatives is a clear violation of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.

    The Constitution is very clear: Aminu Tambuwaal is no longer a member of the House of Representatives and he is also no longer a member of the National Assembly.

    If Aminu Tambuwaal is in doubt, he is free to approach the Courts for clarifications but first the Security Agencies must do their job of making sure that unauthorized persons do not breach the perimeters of the National Assembly.

    This is a straight forward and basic matter. The least I had expected from Goodluck Jonathan and the IG is a vow to defend the Nigeria Constitution not some rubbiiiish about a so called “inteliigence report”.

    • True Nigerian

      Now, how can you post such a horrendous lie with Professor Soyinka’s name? I hope you know the risk you are taking. If Wole Soyinka decides to tackle Premium Times for allowing their website to be used to post this lie in his name, Premium Times would simply disclose your identity and IP address so you can face the music for this kind of irresponsible behaviour. Professor Soyinka doesn’t reason in such an inchoate and incoherent manner.

    • Preco01

      This is Reno Omokri as Prof. Wole Soyinka does not use the services of social media rubbish. Please Reno tell your hirelings to keep respectable people out of their trash and pranks

    • Lawan Dalha

      Hello Prof, could you please refer us to the section of Nigerian constitution which deals with this matter as you put forward?

      • Prof. Wole Soyinka

        68. (1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in
        the House of which he is a member if –

        (g) being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected;

        • True Nigerian

          Impostor, what does the provision say about who sould declare the seat vacant? And who should decide whether the cross-carpeting is as a result of division in the decampee’s former party?

        • Otitokoro

          And what does Section 68 (2) say?

          • Jasper Okadigbo

            It says Nigeria is free to invoke the “Secession clause” which states that after 100yrs any part of Nigeria which so desires can leave the amalgam. Sub section 5 of it says: “Such a dissenting and dissatisfied part of the union may Secede by any means necessary including through….”

          • nija pikin

            Jasper please let us know when you are leaving so that we will organise a send off party for you

          • segun

            Jasper, you are right, O ya afira since you are Okadigbo, I presume you are Igbo start packing all your load from Yoruba territory starting from Lagos through Ibadan and all through Yorubaland. Please LEAVE now. This is 2014 and NOT 1966. Just pack your things and NOBODY will stop you. PLEASE SECEDE NOW, today, today, O ya GO go go go away!!!

        • TonyPat

          It is not Prof. Wole Soyinka. He has no time to do this. If it is Professor Wole Soyinka I know, he will simply write a column in the newspaper or call for a Press Conference. He speaks to the world always.

        • Wähala

          Fake Professor…
          Notice that I didn’t bother adding, “Soyinka” to your fraud? That is because you can’t answer this…
          What did that nice section you quoted also say about why a person would want to cross-over and become “a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which he was elected”… like you ended with? Relative to thematic Tambuwal, does he qualify to profit from that Constitutional guarantee… if not, why not?

      • blogNaija

        dis no b prof oooh.
        see d English; he couldn’t mimicked him well. wit prof’s two paragraph, u’ll need dictionary to luk up for a word.

        • Chairman

          ….and you seem happy with that? …that he can speak ‘Big’ grammar at
          the detriment of your Yoruba language. Don’t be fooled, there are more
          native Yoruba speaking persons on earth than native English
          speaking…and they gave him useless Nobel price to make him feel
          good…but Ajayi Crowder who translated an English Bible to Yoruba as
          far back as 1357 received nothing. Not even a medal….bcos he wrote in
          Yoruba…and you are here with your skewed thoughts seemingly taking
          delight in the ability of your own to speak a foreign language. The
          Russians, Germans, Portuguese etc will just laugh at you and probably
          take you to a psychiatrist.

          • blogNaija

            u went too far on d ‘real’ prof; do u hv any squabble wit him?
            all I said was d guy making comment wit his id is fake and u r raining Bishop Ajayi Crowther, Russians, Germans, psychiatrist, Yoruba Bible, 1357 1857!
            stop id theft; at least he did something b4 getting d status (beauty or ashes) do ur own, u can be more!

    • nija pikin

      My friend shut up do Nigerians look like they care about your twisted opinion late Chinua Achebe is far more better than you anyday so don’t waste our time better go back to your tiny apartment in London and continue drinking whatever you use to drink.

      • You really have an Issue (nija pikin). What has your concern with Prof got to do with the written article and the unconstitutional acts he is try to discuss puritanically. I TRY CORRELATING YOUR STATEMENT WITH PROF IDEA AND THE ARTICLE ON THE ACTS PORTRAY AT THE ASSEMBLY AND ONLY GOT LOST. Discuss issues my frien nija pikin that will help society not a personal vendetta.

    • Proletariat

      Whosoever this person think he is, is an impostor. Wole Soyinka would not have spoken in this manner. Is the position of the constitution not clear when Mimiko defected to PDP after using the platform of Labour Party to run two terms? The argument here is not whether the provisions of the constitution are clear or not, but the barbaric display of madness by the Nigerian Police as well as the opprobrium attitude of both the Legislators and the President. The whole world is seeing this and here we are talking about provision of the constitution. Does that warrant this showy display of madness? Pls lets speak with clarity.

  • Preco01

    What ??”A humiliating political defeat that played out on national television. This is a clear reminder that there is always a limit to impunity”
    Those the goods want to kill they first make mad! wont you think so? Nigerians and the world over are waiting to see the end game of this man, Johnathan

  • Maria

    Banana republic ruled by a bonobo.

    • Wähala

      “Banana republic”…ke? Amaechi get name for’m: “Dirchy” government…. democratic dictator backed by goons!
      But don’t worry, he’s sitting on the electric 3rd. rail on this, a Bunsen Bruner! This Ojukwu go bolt like Bolt, like the Ojukwu (+) we also know bolted when the heat became too much… no be today we don dey hear from dis ‘ojukwus’. Hah!

  • tsunami1earthquake

    “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…” This is part of the statement made by the Police. This statement evokes two questions:

    Question 1: If you heard that hoodlums were ‘likely’ to invade the House of Reps, why did the police not tell the leadership of the National Assembly that the terrain was not safe and so the meeting must have to be adjourned till a later date?

    Question 2: Did the police think that their raising of a chaos at the entrances of the National Assembly was the best practice to stop or avoid a ‘likely invasion of the House of Representatives by hoodlums and thugs’?

    These two questions subsist in the face of the fact that hoodlums and thugs have a predilection for the type of chaos caused at the National Assembly. Such would have been enough to actually spark the activities of thugs and hoodlums; yet none of these were around!

    We think therefore that the defence given by the police was just an afterthought which was not good enough.

    • kammykazee

      You need ask to ask the crackhead called IG how many of his imaginary Thugs was arrested. That is Question 3.

  • Maria

    Burkina Faso treatment please. Better still I. Coast treatment…

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      I prefer South Sudan/Sudan, East Timor/Indonesia,Eritea/Ethiopia,India/Pakistan,Yugoslavia etc !

  • karl marx

    You have been bought off, what gonna be will be come rain sun shine, police,PDP and Jonathan

    • blogNaija

      they came to ‘maintain law and order’. does that involve locking out those who work in the office? when police tell a lie it’s so cheap and senseless.

  • Proudly Niger Deltan

    GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO LICENSE OUR OPERATION
    ============================================
    “The business is a very profitable one; I can pay staff even better than Chevron and Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, if given licence to operate. We will create jobs and can stop sea pirates as a lot of youths will be gainfully engaged in the refining business…”

    WE CAN STOP IMPORTATION OF REFINED PRODUCTS
    =============================================
    “We can meet the regulatory standard if our operation is licenced. And if government approves our operation, we can stop importation of refined products, grow the economy as we will have all the required professionals too. It is a win-win situation, the standard will even be higher … We assure the price of petrol will be reduced from the present N97 per litre and there will never be fuel scarcity in the country. We will even grow the economy faster as we will begin to export refined products…”

    WE CAN BUILD MODULAR REFINERIES
    ================================
    “For now we can’t build modular refineries, but if government assists us we can do it. The important issue is that our operation be legalized by giving us licence.” …”My decision to speak out is borne out of the fact that the daily destruction of these local refineries is not the solution; Since we have the ability to refine and build the national economy and create jobs, we have to cry out . This is brain development by the Ijaw people, it cannot die, it should be developed. Destruction of illegal refineries does more harm and pollution than the refiners, the Federal Government has to do something about it. I feed and accommodate my staff and they are happy.

    —- Chief (Engineer) Titi Governor, (Inventor/Engineer) spoke to Sunday Vanguard

    • Rominiyi

      Your son is the President! what more can be done to make it possible for this local talent to be supported to thrive. Please appeal to him directly.

  • Comfortkay

    GEJ is accidential President of Nigeria that will go into history of not knowing what is his constitutional rights and duties .Since GEJ is in power and wants to remain in Power by all avaliable means, Nigeria has continued to meander from one crisis to the other. The question is are Nigerian better off under GEJ? NO Why is Tambuwaal living PDP has become a national crisis and there is no Peace in any part of Nigeria. We need to ask ourselves today if it still makes sense to be together in this country called Nigeria. John Dealtry LUGARD (1914-1919) should be alive to see the country he put together as a big mistake.

    • nija pikin

      Mama comfort the honest truth is, this has nothing to do with cooperate existence of Nigeria but it has everything to do with an accidental prez who doesn’t know his limits, the hand writing is there for even the blind to see but an African proverb, that says when ever the drum is loudest it’s end is very near.

  • Peter

    Dear Messrs Wahala, Dr Kay, Leslie, etc, I believe you have now heard from the horse’s mouth. The reason is quite clear except that there are too many of your type n this country with bad bellie and who always use this online platform to fish in troubled water. You all dwell in falsehood and rumour mongering all in the name of opposition and support for APC. You must mend your ways and stop using this platform to insult the people that you know you cannot confront physically.

    • Mohstone

      Am sure your tongue is infected with polio. Please go and get some cocaine, may be your head will clear.

    • tundemash

      In your warped mind, is this police “story” believable ? Where was that same police intelligence when Boko Haram was capturing cities upon cities ? Where has that same police “intelligence” not deployed to either intercept boko Haram’s attack, capture Shekau or expose their financiers ? And how many hoodlum were eventually arrested at the national assembly ? Why is the real hoodlum in aso rock still allowed to wander about ?
      I will take it that analytic thinking isn’t your thing.

  • Ahmad

    Face of an errand boy. Watch your back ooh. There is always tomorrow.

  • Scalywag

    So tell us also why you failed to stop Boko Haram from taking over 16 local government areas in the north east of Nigeria. If your intelligence gathering is so effective tell us where the Chibok girls are and from where Shekau gets those armoured cars on chain tracks? Your loyalty should be to Nigeria.

  • bikky

    You people(Police) are mad,what likely invasion,by who and where? Nigeria police Shekau you can’t face,killer Fulanis you can’t’ arrest,pipeline vandals you can’t get but you can get unconfirm intelligent report of thuggery invasion,Kai Nigeria is finished under this man called Jonathan. Is this democracy or what,Nigeria here is the Time. Vote rubbish out,Vote wisely.

  • tuco

    Hoodlums? What hoodlums for goodness sake, this is ridiculous, extremely unwise and lousy excuse. Simply put, the speaker is now a hoodlum for decamping to the opposition abi?, and since when does decamping to another party become a crime?. What would you say about those that decamped to pdp?. Attack dogs in action indeed. This is an extremely dangerous game the pdp is playing of epic proportions that is capable of destroying the whole country if care is not taken. The pdp are clearly not practicing democracy but “democrazy”, this is total madness and unthinkable act. see his face, ready to do anything to please the boss. “Allah waidai, Allah tur, Allah wut, with this your behaviour. Allah sawwaka”.

    • HAMZA

      the police are the hoodlums. and they should arrest themselves. jaga-jaga Nigeria. kai haba jamaa!!!!

  • Uzoma

    The time has come to electrify fences surrounding all official buildings. The level of truancy exhibited by these legislators must never be allowed again.

  • Rommel

    I think that the time has come for Nigerians to begin to think of a post Jonathan presidency,the earlier the better

  • Mr Igbo Sanity

    jonathan has gone completely INSANE AND LUNATIC. jonathan your end is NEAR!

  • nija pikin

    Life, life, life what a shame Nigerian police and Nigerian defeated and dejected army when and where it matters most they throw away their guns and run to neighbouring Cameron and Niger Republic BUT when they are expected to rise and defend democracy from a power drunk drunkard they also couldn’t answer their fathers name drais God woo can’t wait for 2015 CHANG IS MOST.

  • Gboyega Aderemi

    Mr. True Nigerian,

    Eh, follow the law! A legislator who defects to another party SHALL lose his membership –

    of the House or the Senate – UNLESS he or she can show there’s a division in the party

    party he’s defected from. That is the law of Nigeria. Responsible people must obey the law.

    • Felix Angu

      That means Aminu Tambuwal is no longer a member of the House of Representatives!

  • Guguru

    Nigeria has a sham democracy. Emperor Jonathan is hard at work. He intends to stay in power beyond 2018. Nigeria now has its first elected dictator in the name of Jonathan.

  • Proudly Niger Delta

    I just want my Niger Delta Republic like yesterday. I am tired of sustaining and feeding ungrateful vampire parasites whose only code of conduct is violence, violence, and violence. See gate dey with door for ground, then aboki begin climb up. Wonders!!!…and they make laws…

    • segun

      That is what we are all waiting for. Please carry go with your sweet oil. Let this Nigeria end now. We pray.

    • Magenta

      Supported nd go with the wind please. Carry alone Jonathan, papa Clark, tampolo, asari nd dieziani still no forget mama peace. We wish u well bye bye

  • Wähala

    So, what did they find after frisking the “hoodlums” Speaker Tambuwal wanted to invade the House with? Did they catch anybody with serious metal… AK47’s or pen knives, how many, given their claim to “intelligent reports” led to the move to obviate a bloodbath? This does not qualify for a lame excuse but, C.S Ojukwu definitely qualifies for a ban from thinking. Nigerians are no air brains and will quickly discern the writings on the wall because Dumbo has some serious questions to answer! Who ordered CP, C.S Ojukwu, to lay ambush for Speaker Tambuwal after setting him up with a letter urging him to reconvene the House for SoE re-consideration… eh? Who? That is the only question… Sen. David Mark is the overall head of both Houses, the nearest person to solving the puzzle since his entourage was not tear-gassed, I’m curious to know why his Chamber was not invaded for “protection”? Send Mark, I say! Dumbo’s cup has spilled with this dumb move, PDP is finito! Odeku, biko…

  • Thepeople

    The state of hopelessness. A sad day for anyone who truely loves Nigeria.

  • Babso

    The Nigerian police have gone mad again o!

  • igbiki

    Does the Nigerian Police know how to lie, NO!

  • Obey the law

    But we are a lawless nation, with a lawless supposed legislative branch of government.
    An impugned citizenry that generally detest the law and all due process, this is undoubtedly evidence. Before you rashly response to my comment, ask yourself, “am I a law abiding Nigerian citizen”?

  • Martins Oluma Ajiake

    GEJ as lost control of the country. He should just resign.

  • The Law

    Why should Jonathan resign?
    We, the populace are quick to pass blame without deciphering the facts…
    How is Jonathan responsible for the impasse in the National Assembly today?
    What about these fence-jumping irresponsible hoodlums…. Supposed law makers?
    Where in the world does anyone do what Tambuwal has done?
    Even while we wait for the court to make a final call, doesn’t Tambuwal conscience, unless he has lost it, which I think he has, OR morality and civic decency demand on him to resign as a member of the party on whose platform he was elected, him having defected from same party, in additions to the legal demand that unequivocally demand his resignation?
    Shouldn’t it be clear to you and I that Tambuwal is another opportunist, who both , “wants to eat his cake and have it”?
    What about the disrespectful, hypocritical Anti People Congress(APC) who dail spurge, and notoriously criticize the presidential office they hope to one day occupy!!!
    May we not play putrefying politics with facts and common sense civility!!!
    Wake up, and smell the coffee, people!!!!

  • favourtalk

    Lame excuse, they should tell that to the God. It’s a shame that tambuwal only wants to save the nation but some cohort won’t allow him to do the needful. We need change not a pityful man or helpless nation. We need a competent leader

    • sam

      I’ll highly recommend that it should be made a law that whoever want to contest for senate or house of rep member must have at least credit in boxing, wrestling, high-jump, karate, weight-lifting and javelin. in order to be able to properly function well in the house. because we can see now that such things do happen every-time both federal and state level. may God safe Nigeria from the hand of law making terrorists.

  • Tech

    It’s just unfortunate that so call PDP hs loose ground in 2015, ist by force to rule us 4 life can’t u c u already failed?i always regretted given my vote in last 2011 election,we need change 4 God sake

    • shittu

      It is unfortunate 2 hv ppl lyk u as Nigeria wh belief Muslims shed nt live Dr lyf d way it was prescribed at a ol Egypt is 95per cen. r Muslims. God punish u wt fat ur comment

  • Mosi political party (Muslim Brotherhood) of Egypt started it activities this way; and most Egyptian never saw the Islamic Agendas and segregations building up ,
    {…Remember that is how Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt started. Most Egyptian never saw it coming until it is too late…}

  • BABAZARIA

    If this is what democracy is all about, which is to deprive citizens from expressing their views, then America should better keep democracy to themselves. Moreover, it is too expensive a system of government for any developing country to practice. Enough is Enough!!!!! Please make una carry go we no want am.

  • Abdulkadir

    This is really some report. So there was information suggesting security threats to the person of the speaker of the house of representative and he is not informed? Who are they securing?

  • Lawrence Efana

    A good corrective journalism. Collective bargaining might be necessary on the subject of bank staff wages. Some bank services with charges by banks could be rendered by bank automats – where artificial intelligence helps in the process. At least some charges might be reduced that way. At the same time, it must have been good news when the Finance Minister last announced the bit for banks to refund: pay back to the customers overcharged. This is an article helping to straighten the ways for banks, lending and saving policies and practices, well aware of flexibility. Tope Fasua, your courage is admired on and I quote: With the wrong rhetoric from government – I mean all the reneging on
    campaign promises (N5,000 to the unemployed), and the public anger
    government is toying with, what with the 30% real inflation on staple
    items that the ‘unofficial’ devaluation of the Naira has brought – it
    just seems our elites are baiting the poor masses. I wouldn’t want to be
    there the day the people’s anger boils over.” Fulfilling the promise could be stressing, even if it was not per-se bad, except the possibility under the present circumstances, depending on the statistical information and definition of beneficiaries of such a promise. Many relatively well established welfare states have been contemplating putting policies like that into practice and yet in spite of their unique advantage and chance to do so, they have without much apology hesitated, parallel to intensive efforts to organize the labour settings and particularly “minimum wage policy consensus”. A lot of hard work and planning might have to be done if a promise of above kind – good as it could be) would be possible to put to practice. Boycotts and strikes at this time could constitute a problem and might be negatively exploited against banks under the circumstances. Interestingly it seems you are emotionally right with the statement: “Nigeria has become an all-man-for-himself kinda country. Only the violent seem to make progress. Terrible, but true. Your journalistic style has the potential of altering the trend if we can call it trend. There are many threats when it comes to the value of the Naira. But careful “finance” and “monetary” policy tools, if well applied and can be applied might eventually improve Naira value. So too the banking policies favourable to business ventures and risk taking. However the way to relate Naira value in a raw exchange market at home can pose some problems, when so many hang around the corners as of old with bunches of currencies as potential members in the exchange business. Thank you for this article and tolerate me for commenting – this far off!