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NATIONAL DRAMA: IGP meets Sambo

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HE Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, was yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja over the Thursday invasion of the National Assembly by policemen.

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  He was reportedly summoned by the Vice President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo, ostensibly to provide a clearer picture of what transpired at the Assembly leading to some members of lower legislative chambers breaking the gate into the assembly.

  The visit to Sambo was a follow up to similar visit to him on Thursday night by the leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) caucus led by the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihiedioha, including the PDP leader, Mrs. Mullikat Adeola-Akande, her deputy, Leo Ogor, and Chief Whip, Ishaku Bawa.

  A fracas broke out at the National Assembly while security operatives were preventing the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, and some of his loyalists from entering the premises. The police boss was accompanied to the meeting with the Vice President by some senior police officers.

   When State House correspondents asked him after the meeting if the order to invade the National Assembly came from him, he said ongoing investigation would reveal the roles played by each person in the fracas.

    “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,” he simply said as he made his way out of the Vice President’s wing of the Presidential Villa.

   When further asked if he was insinuating that he was not aware of the operation before the fracas broke out, Abba insisted: “I still repeat: who did what, who didn’t do what, you will hear later. It is subject to investigations. We just don’t talk anyhow.”

    As he made his way to his car, the police boss managed to grant another short interview in Hausa, claiming that he had never seen the actions displayed by some lawmakers on Thursday anywhere in the world.

  He alleged that while somebody was pushing a policeman from a car, another person was seen removing roadblocks mounted by the police. “Everybody has seen that ‎somebody was even beating somebody, ‎somebody was pushing a policeman from the car.

  “Somebody was removing roadblocks mounted by police. We have never seen this kind of thing in the whole world‎. So, we will talk to you later. Just wait, our findings will reveal what happened,” he added.

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