OrderPaperToday– Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase has said he is awaiting legal advice from the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice before it can implement a directive by the joint houses of the National Assembly to seal off the premises of crisis-ridden Kogi State House of Assembly.

Recall that the House of Representatives had taken over the functions of the Kogi House of Assembly due to a lingering leadership crisis and also directed the IGP to seal off the premises to prevent a faction of the assembly from continuing to seat.

The Senate had days after, concurred with the position of the House and reiterated the order to the police boss to seal off the assembly premises.

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In spite of the directive however, a faction of the legislature has continued to sit, making mockery of the decision of the National Assembly which is backed by the constitution of the country.

But the IGP in response to questions from journalists as to why the directive had not been obeyed, said he sent documents on the matter to the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for legal advice and is awaiting the minister’s response.

Arase disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during the Police Walk Against Crime (PWAC).

“What I have done is to send the papers to the Minister of Justice so that he would be able to render an opinion,” he said, adding: “I am a police officer but I also need the advice of a legal expert to actually know the way forward. So, once I get the minister’s response, I will be able to take a decision. So, I am waiting for the response of the Minister of Justice.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I think this Arase is more of politician than a cop…………. always on news playing defensive ………. nonsense

  2. I love Arase’s contention. Sealing requires an executive order, not a legislative order. This is an interesting question for our Constitution.

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