The House of Representatives has given the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris a 12- hour ultimatum to release its member, Hon. Abubakar Abdullahi Lado, member representing Suleja federal constituency, who is being detained by the Special Anti-robbery squad otherwise known as FSARS.
The ultimatum sequels the adoption of a motion of urgent national importance on the continued detention of the Niger state lawmaker sponsored by Hon.Toby Okechukwu.
This is even as the Lawmakers threatened to shutdown the National Assembly over the continuous detention of its members.
Hon. Lado, was reported to have been taken into custody on allegation of inciting violence during the just concluded House of Reps primary election in his constituency.
This followed the consideration and adoption of a motion under matters of urgent public importance, brought by Hon. Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu).
Debating the motion, Okechukwu who bemoaned the continuous detention of the lawmaker, noted that Hon. Lado’s arrest was in breach of the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act which requires that the presiding officer be intimated before any lawmaker is arrested.
He lamented that efforts by the leadership of the House to secure the member’s release was rebuffed by the police on the basis that only the Governor can order his release.
The lawmakers noted that the actions of the police which is in violation of the Constitution as Lado has remained in custody for over 72 hours, also denied the legislator, who is a former Youth leader of APC the opportunity to participate in the party primary.
In her contribution, Hon. Nnenna Ukeje, decried the persistent manner with which the Police flaunts the laws through its actions.
“The worst kind of corruption is denial of justice. The Nigeria police is subject to the constitution, the Police Act and rule of law but all these are evidently flaunted by the police”.
“Impunity like this calls for concern because if a lawmaker can be detained like this, one is left to imagine what the ordinary Nigerian goes through.I also contested in my party primaries and know what transpired and I am in possession of a petition against the commissioner of police in Abia state”.