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6 Sep 2019

Senators Blow Hot As Armed Policemen Invade Residence Of Ebonyi Governor

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate have asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed, to investigate the invasion of the Abuja residence of the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi.

A group of armed security operatives, suspected to be policemen had invaded the Governor’s residence this week.

The Senate caucus demanded a thorough investigation into the matter, with all view to unravelling the circumstances that led to the invasion and those behind the sinister action.

The Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, stated this in a statement issued on behalf of the PDP Senate Caucus in Abuja on Friday.

He described the raid as not only a direct attack on democracy but an affront on the fundamental rights of citizens of Nigeria.

Abaribe said the probe became necessary following the early morning raid and the subsequent denials by the Police of being responsible for the dangerous action.

The Minority Leader said he was at a loss as to why the police seem to be foot-dragging in constituting a panel to probe the ugly incident, even when it is claiming that thugs and not the police were responsible for the invasion.

He said, “Let’s assume it was hired thugs that invaded the residence of a sitting governor of a state, whose duty is it to apprehend the brigands? Or does raids by thugs not constitute a crime?

“The police must come clear and the only way to do that is to carry out a thorough investigation and apprehend the culprits. We are in a democracy and people should not be made to live in fear as though we are in a lawless society.

“If a sitting Governor could be subjected to such harrowing experience, then you can imagine what will happen to the man on the street,” Abaribe said.

The Senator urged the Presidency to step in to check the activities of some security agencies.

The raid on Governor Umahi’s residence and the ones similar to it he added, are embarrassing to the image of the country and also “cast an ominous sign on the country’s fledgeling democracy.”

He said, “Whatever be the case, the PDP Senate Caucus can only subscribe to relevant institutions of state to always follow due process in accordance to the rule of law in the pursuit of state actions.

“Resorting to illegality with regard to the instant case shall never be condoned,” Abaribe added.

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