Police Release Detained Lawmaker, Abubakar Lado After Threats By House Of Rep

Okechukwu said the lawmaker had been on detention for three days against the constitutional prescription, saying the House was briefed that his detention arose out of issues related to the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries.

According to him, Lado had abinitio notified the police authorities of efforts to cause crisis by his opponents.

 The legislators described the arrest and detention as a violation of the Nigeria constitution. They said the arrest is a slap on the institution of government and also a breach of the lawmaker’s rights.

“The House is aware that the invitation of Lado was not done through due process and therefore breaches the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act which requires notification of presiding officer before any member is invited or arrested.  “The House is aware of the detention of Lado by SARS.

“The House is further aware of his continued detention for the past three days. The action offends the Nigerian constitution and amount to inhuman and degrading treatment,’’ he said.

Okechukwu said it was embarrassing that the intervention of the leadership of the House was rebuffed by the police.

“The intervention of the House leadership was rebuffed by the Nigerian police ostensibly because it is only the Governor of Niger State, Mr Abubakar Bello, that can give instruction for his release,” he added.

Contributing, Rep Nnenna Ukeje (PDP-Abia), who called for his immediate release, said it was disheartening the manner with which the police flouted the law.

If people of this calibre can be treated with such disdain, you can imagine what the 180 million Nigerians go through on a daily basis’’, she said.

Rep. Osai Osai (PDP-Delta), who noted that the responsibility of the reformed SARS was to arrest robbery and kidnapping culprits, said the organisation had gone beyond its mandate.

On his part, Rep Olawale Raji (APC-Lagos) narrated that members who visited the SARS office where the lawmaker was detained were treated with disdain.

“They were very rude to those of us that visited Lado in the detention and so many Nigerians are suffering the same treatment by the police. “The conduct of the Nigerian Police Force, particularly the SARS, is absurd’’, he said.

Raji, who called on the House to order the IGP to release their member within 24 hours or suspend further sittings until he is released, said urgent action should be taken.

Rep Segun Adekola (PDP-Ekiti) said the situation called for a sober reflection as effort must be made to stop the impunity in the country.

However, the Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), moved that IGP Idris be invited if the police failed to release Lado within 12 hours.

Gbajabiamila, who was among the delegation that visited the lawmaker in detention, also described the attitude of the police officers as unfriendly.

He expressed concern over the detention of the legislator by SARS, saying ”the responsibility of SARS is embedded in its name; Special Anti-Robbery Squad’’.

“They told us his offence was a case of “two fighting“. And we asked where the other person, who is the chairman of the council is, they said he is not here. “They said we should go and see the IG and when we got to his office, we couldn’t see him.They told us the only person that can release him is the governor’’, he said.

Lado’s release has now been confirmed as he joined his colleagues in plenary on Thursday.

He said his arrest was “political.”

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