House of Representatives has condemned police attack on Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose, thus, resolved to investigate the unfortunate incidence.
The lawmakers however directed the committees on Police Affairs, Interior, National Security and Intelligence to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the Ekiti incidence and report back for further legislative action in two weeks.
Debating a motion on the subject matter at yesterday’s plenary, the members expressed concern that few days to Saturday, July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti state that the police and other security agencies completely barricaded and took over Ekiti government House in Ado- Ekiti, shooting sporadically with the aim to instill fear in the people ahead of Saturday’s governorship election
“The heavily armed policemen and other security agencies locked up all entry points, prevented free movement of people into and out of government House and shot sporadically with aim to instill fear in the people ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election” they lamented
They noted that the police action was clearly an illegality and a constitutional breach which portends great danger to the nation’s democracy and the 2019 general election and should not be condoned by the House which is the bastion of democracy.
“We are concerned that the above state of affairs playing out in Ekiti state clearly portends great danger for us all, particularly in view of the 2019 general election and the heightened insecurity on the country” the lawmakers, reiterated, pointing that such police action is clearly an illegality and constitutional breach which must not happen or continue in a constitutional democracy.
The Reps argued that in a democratic setting like Nigeria, it was absurd the complete take over and barricade of Ekiti state government House and violent assault on harmless civilians including a serving governor, which according to the lawmakers does not fall within the purview of the general duties of police under section 4 of the police Act, the rule of law and tenets of true democracy.
However, leading the House through the objectives of the motion titled ” urgent need to intervene and save democracy” brought under matter of urgent public importance by Honorable Yusuf Tajudeen, Kogi state, the lawmaker who is the lead sponsor, stated that the attack was not only an assault on the governor and people of Ekiti state but in line with provisions of section 4 of the police Act Cap 19, Laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004, protection of life and property, preservation of law and order among others were the core duties of police and not harassment of innocent Nigerians.
He said at no point did the Ekiti governor, Fayose and those who were on a campaign trip to their party’s office violated any order as alleged by the police authorities, as accordingly, the provisions of the Electoral Act does not require police permit to hold rally three days to an election, since campaigns are legally permitted up 24 hours to the time of election provided in the electoral law.
He not only condemned the police and others culpable in the Ekiti show of shame as approved in the resolutions which among others, urged president Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Police and those who partook in the acts to apologise to Nigerians and elect to be civil henceforth to all citizens.