Vice President Sambo meets Police IG over National Assembly lockdown

Vice president, Namadi Sambo

Vice President Namadi Sambo has met the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, over the lockdown of the National Assembly by police officers in an attempt to deny the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, access to the building.

Mr. Sambo met the police chief Friday as President Goodluck Jonathan is currently in London for the Honorary International Investment Council.

The presidency had earlier hailed the police for doing their jobs in deploying at the assembly.

President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesperson, Doyin Okupe, said Thursday the police were merely enforcing their “constitutional duty” to keep the peace, and that they acted independently.

The police, in an earlier statement, said the operation was based on an “intelligence report” and was meant to forestall the invasion of the assembly by “hoodlums”.‎

Emerging from a closed door meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo, Mr. Abba told journalists that investigations have begun to establish what transpired at the assembly.

When asked if he authorised the invasion of the National Assembly, the IG said, “Who did what and who didn’t ‎do what will be disclosed to you later. You know we work with investigations, investigations are going on and the press officer will address you”.

Pressed by reporters if he was not aware of this operation, Mr. Abba said, “I still repeat who did what, who didn’t do what you will hear later, is subject to investigations we just don’t talk anyhow”.‎

Speaking later to journalists of the Hausa service in the State House, on whether some of his officers were injured, the police chief said, “Everybody has seen that ‎somebody was even beating somebody, ‎somebody was pushing a policeman from the car.

“Somebody was removing road blocks mounted by police, we have never seen this kind of thing in the whole world. So we will talk to you later”.

On what action the police will take in response to the incident, Mr. Abba said, “Just wait our findings will reveal”.

Police raided the National Assembly early Thursday ahead of a crucial sitting at the House of Representatives.

The House had planned a session to discuss a request by Mr. Jonathan for an extension of the emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States – all three hit by an insurgency by Boko Haram.

Officers mounted a blockade at the assembly, refusing to allow the speaker, Mr. Tambuwal, in, a move the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, said was aimed at unseating the speaker as punishment for defecting from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Police fired teargas after defiant lawmakers forced their way through three barricades and helped escort Mr. Tambuwal into the central building called the White House.


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  • tundemash

    Confused vagab0nds in power ! Pinned into a corner now, they can’t respond to simple questions.
    How did police, acting on some spurious “intelligence”, did not inform the chairman of the Senate 7 House of Rep, David Mark about it before the invasion ? Could police just invade Aso Rock on some silly “intelligence” report without informing Dumbo ?
    The police have learnt nothing ; this was how the old NPN of 1979-1983 was using the police to manipulate the law and order until the military goons came calling …………………..

    We are still waiting on these PDP police to use their fake “intelligence” to invade Sambisa forest and rescue Chibok girls !

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      We are on the same page here, Tundemash!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The IG acted on intelligence and he deserves congratulations for that preventive measure……as simple as that !!

      • Aminu

        If the intelligence was credible they could have informed leaders of the National Assembly to halt the sitting.We are waiting for another intelligence report on whereabouts Shekau and lieutenants preparing to authorized bombings.

      • Chiemele

        An intelligence not intelligent enough for BH.

  • Stephanie

    Guess It was President Patience Jonathan who ordered Mbu to send his boys to National Assembly. Anarchy in the land!

  • Uloho Ekpenyong Bassey

    When Sanusi called on thousands of people to defend themselves against aggression by boko haram, he was and is right. But when Sir Dokubo said he would resort to self help to defend himself from apc attacks, ‘he was wrong’.

    When APC as a party or any of its members or officials threaten Nigerians, they are right in the eyes of the media, PT inclusive. But when there is a response from the other side, it becomes wrong.

    So, is this a country? …or a continent? Pls bring your parallel govt as fast as possible. We dey wait.

    • blackdove

      Dokubo Asari is now sir? W aoh!

      • tundemash

        In the mist of the blind, a one eyed-man is king so what do you expect among creek rats ?

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Vagabonds in power in Nigeria presidency as impunity,corruption and lawlessness pervade Nigeria national governance as PDP-police led by IGPMbu sends his partisan thugs to invade Nigeria national assembly.Also Mr Ebele Jonathan surrogate in Ekiti State,governor Ayo Fayose,too wreaks havoc of impunity and lawlessness in Ekiti State against the duly elected speaker of Ekiti House of assembly,Chief Adewale Omirin.Democracy upturn and chaos.

    • warry

      who has closed courts in Rivers state for almost 1 year over the appointment of a CJ rejecting the one recommended by the NJC?Is it Patience Jonathan?Let us obey the laws we have made for ourselves and avoid crisis

      • Bunduma Mohammed

        Patience has now started another war with the Governor of her own state of bayelsa after she failed to nail Ameichi. The the dogs in aso rock would never stop barking untill they are sacked in february.

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    This is a planned script. The president sent a letter to the speaker on the issue of emergency rule in three states of North East but planned a blockage for him on the day of deliberations, just to proof a point against him. Nigeria where we day?

    • Ken

      The president didn’t do that. he sent a letter to NASS and not to anybody

      • Bunduma Mohammed

        Who are the leaders in the National Assembly? Since you don’t know they are Senate President and Speaker of House of Representative. Mumu GEJ did not even know that it is members of the house that appoints their speaker and not the IG. he ordered the Abacha IG to remove the Speaker as if the Speaker is a Minister. Mumu and ogogoro President, here you are causing confusing every where in the name of election.

      • I Hate Sycophant Truly

        You’re petty and don’t know the workings of government. What makes a National Assembly? It’s people there that makes a National Assembly and not edifice. He can never sent a letter to an ordinary edifice and expect a reply. The President is not a dullard like you, he knows the route of correspondences to the arm of government and he cannot bypass it or he dig his grave for an impeachable offence.

  • Wähala

    A thoroughly confused goon, needs to investigate his own mind to remember if he had prior knowledge of his police invasion of the House, and further investigations will reveal who authorized the irresponsible action… albeit, “intelligence report” had warned of “hoodlums” planning a hijack of the National Assembly. “Acting” IGP indeed, might as well bury any fantasies about ever getting confirmed by the House if his file comes up again for permanent status. Mumu. Sambo summoned their PDP caucus leaders to brief him of the level of tension their phoolish action raised, Dumbo bolted to London to attend a 2nd. rate investment meeting with little-known NGO’s, poor VP Sambo has nothing to report until OgaOgogoro returns by which time tempers must have cooled off… that’s their “investigations” into the fracas they created. Dumbo must be impeached for peace to reign for Naija, biko. Like the imbecile son to a mother, Nigerians are tired of holding their breath over his cluelessness… Tufiakwa!

    • Jujubeans

      @ Wahala he is no longer the acting IGP. He was fully confirmed recently… With many vbelieving that the confirmation was a reward for withdrawing Tambuwal’s security.

      • Wähala

        Thanks!

  • Ken

    As far as the law is concerned, Tambuwal is no longer a member of the House, so he cant be the speaker. Go and check section 68(1g). It is very clear.

    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 –

    (a) he becomes a member of another legislative house.

    (b) any other circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, would cause him to be disqualified for election as a member;

    (c) he ceases to be a citizen of Nigeria;

    (d) he becomes President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser.

    (e) save as otherwise prescribed by this Constitution, he becomes a member of a commission or other body established by this Constitution or by any other law.

    (f) without just cause he is absent from meetings of the House of which he is a member for a period amounting in the aggregate to more than one-third of the total number of days during which the House meets in any one year;

    (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;

    Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored; or

    • Olutola

      Which law? was this law not there when Musiliu decamped from AD to PDP? how many dozen others decamped to PDP this law “notwithstanding” You are joking. Keep that trash you are writing. Tambuwal is here to stay and if your master makes a wrong move we will remove him Aso Rock simple as that!

    • tundemash

      So why not allow those who appointed him Speaker (his colleagues) remove him?
      Why not allow INEC withdraw his certificate of return he was given when he won election?

  • nija pikin

    #operation jonathan most go we want our beloved Nigeria back#

  • Olaiya D.

    Excuse me Sir. I just want to say Goodluck Jonathan is not a good president. Thank you sir.

    • Otile

      Do you know that looters ati parasites do not care about who they hurt, or whose environment they pollute, all they
      want is to impose a Fulani on us and let the flow of oil continue.

  • Prof. Wole Soyinka

    JONATHAN MUST GO NOW BEFORE HE PLUNGES NIGERIA INTO IRRETRIEVABLE CHAOS

    According to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which President Goodluck Jonathan swore on oath to defend, Mr. Aminu Tambuwaal is no longer a member of the House of Representatives and he is no longer a member of the National Assembly.

    Section 68.1(g) of the consitution is very very clear even for the uneducated to understand inter alia:

    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: 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.

    Going by this section, Mr Aminu Tambuwaal had no reason to be at the premises of the National Assembly yesterday … the Police should have arrested him for breach of National Security and for unlawful conduct.

    If Aminu Tambuwaal is in doubt of his status or the provisions of the constitution …….. then he is free to go to Court and seek clarifications.

    The President, Goodluck Jonathan and the IG failed in their responsibilities when they allowed Aminu Tambuwaal to have access into the National Assembly premises yesterday ……. what a shame !!!

    • Rommel

      Obviously you admire uncle Kongi but I feel scandalized that someone with such shallow understanding of issues as you will proudly display his photograph as your avatar,please remove and change with something like Ayo Fayose

    • ceweeco projects

      No need to insult you anymore, your presence in this world has done it all. A baby monkey asks his father thus; father, why are we so ugly? The father says: don’t stress my son, you should see the one whom am replying his text. Dear prof, You know why the earth rotates? It’s to get away from your face.

      • Chiemele

        Don’t be deceived this is a troll from the TAN assembly line. The Prof does not post comments.

  • Rommel

    What outcome can be expected from an investigation in which the culprit is asked to investigate the victim?

  • Dan Fulani

    The IGP might have a house in UK too.

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      There’s scarcely anyone of them with a “clean nose” out there!

  • No Comment

    “As it is now, what we have does not have what it takes to drag Nigeria along;
    and anything can happen anytime from now. Right-thinking people must rise to
    rescue the helm of that ship from Jonathan’s hand before he wrecks the entire nation”.

    “I am of the firm belief and conviction that there will be no election in 2015.
    I am of the firm belief that this house of cards will collapse before 2015.
    Under Jonathan’s leadership, Nigeria as a whole has become
    a titanic ship on sail to hit the iceberg and sink”.

    “If we have a kind of Jehu revolution – where the worshippers of Baal
    and the worshippers of the altar of greed were all dealt with, as it
    also happened in Ghana – there may be some hope there.”

    ……………Pastor Tunde Bakare

    (January 20, 2013)

  • Lance spearman

    Somebody. Needs to wipe all these politicians out

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    I just don’t understand what the fuss is about,this IG did a marvellous job of preventing a band of dangerous thugs led and physically commanded by Tambuwal from creating Mayhem.The IG deserves kudos from all well meaning Nigerians and any attempt to satanize an innocent ,hard-working and patriotic man by the forces of violent extremism will fail !!

    • Abubakar sfada

      Mr man how many bottles of gogoro do U drink today? Abeg don’t drunk an come this side, let ur head b3 low before coming this side

      • tundemash

        he’s on something too strong for his feeble mind.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          You know very much that I have put down the hard facts,stop supporting the feeble attempt at changing the topic !

    • David

      Pls can you justify the reason why the police stop Tambuwal from entering even when the police knew why he was there? When we talk I think is beta to neutral than to support one side. I m not APC neither am I PDP, I will never vote for anyone of thrm , my support is for God’s kingdom. May all fear God

    • Danjuma

      With honesty only Nigeria will develop. If want to prevent thugs from invading NASS, why trying to deny Tambuwa from entering. When any politician crossed over to PDP from other political parties, no problem. But the moment someone left PDP to another party, Wahala go start

  • Apostle Sunday

    The IG is not just a police officer but a lawyer… I think he would not do anything to undermine the law. Politics in Nigeria is aching. Haba!

  • Bunduma Mohammed

    If you ask those close to Sambo they would say he is the political leader of the North now. However, the man Sambo looks away when his people are constantly being killed. May be it is true Sambo is from Niger Delta.