Enugu Saga: Speaker acusses Chime, Police of plotting to poison him

By Editor on 15/05/2015

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A dangerous dimension has  developed in the ongoing move by the Enugu House of Assembly to impeach Governor Sullivan Chime as House Speaker, Eugene Odo  has alleged plot to “detain and poison” him.

Odo told reporters in Enugu that the police in the state had connived with the executive to “circumvent and divert attention” attention in the matter by taking over purely legislative functions.

He stated that rather than obey the court order barring it from interfering in the duties of the law makers and remove her officials from the premises of the House of Assembly, the Police has decided to cripple him by inviting him for interrogation, following a petition from the governor over allegations raised in the impeachment notice served on him.

Odo said impeachment was a legislative process, where the governor was expected to join issues with the law makers by responding to allegations raised and not issuing petition to the police.

He said “It has become necessary to brief you on the state of events in Enugu state. You will recall that there is a lingering crisis between the Enugu State House of Assembly and the executive arm of government. It is no longer news that we have procured a court order directing the police to restrain themselves from curtailing the liberty of my humble self as the Speaker of the Enugu House of Assembly.

"The order went ahead to equally grant unfettered access to my humble self and the other 14 legislators of the Enugu House of Assembly and empowered us to carry out our legislative duty. It also restrained the Police from barricading and preventing the access of members of Enugu State House of Assembly from performing their functions. This order was served on Wednesday and the Commissioner of Police has received same.

“I wish to bring to your notice that till this morning, the Commissioner of Police has not obeyed the order, instead, in the evening of Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police through his office invited me on account of a petition allegedly written by the Governor. According to them, the petition was highlighting issues that we raised in the impeachment notice.

“I want to state clearly that the issue of impeachment notice is a legislative matter and ought not to be taken over by the police. I had earlier told you that my personal life and that of my life is in the hands of the governor of Enugu state and Commissioner of police Enugu state."

He added “I suspect a situation as he is inviting us presently, where we may be detained and poisoned in the state command of Enugu State Police Command. We want to bring to the attention of the Pubic with a view to asking the Inspector General of Police to intervene.

"This is the first time I am seeing court order being  flagrantly flouted, this is the first time legislative duties is about to be carried to the police station. Matters for which we were invited for were matters of legislature and the least we expect is for whom impeachment notice had been served to make responses if he has any to the House of Assembly, not for the police to come and take over the functions of the House of Assembly. The same items raised by the House is why the Police is inviting me, Ray Nnaji and some other members of the House, with a view to detaining us and if possible poisoning us.

"We hope that the good people of Enugu state will certainly not allow this. The House of Assembly should be allowed to do its job. One should expect that the police should obey the court order that has been served on them. If you move around the House of Assembly, you will still see the presence of the police.

"What we are suspecting at the moment is not favourable to my personal liberty as an individual which is contrary to the court order. For now it appears that the police is so much descending in the arena of conflict between the executive and legislature and appeal to them to restrict themselves to their duties and not take over the functions of the House. If an impeachment notice is served, how did the Police raise items there and begin to quiz the members. It is wrong.

“ We call on Inspector of General of Police to call the Commissioner of Police to order. He has so much shown enough interest in this matter.  He could as well declare himself a party to this matter so
that the people will know the angle he is coming from."

Also, former national Auditor of the party, Ray Nnaji, who was invited alongside Odo, over petition he wrote to EFCC to investigate the allegation of forgery of the 2012 appropriation by the governor, said
he was prepared to furnish the police with details of the petition.

He however, demanded that the police should extend the invitation to him in writing, adding that it was unfortunate that they could not observe rule of law in the matter.

Nnaji vowed to make police investigate the alleged forgery by the governor when he must have served out his tenure by May 29, this year.

Reacting to the allegation that the Police in the state had become lawless, Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu said that their continued occupation of the House of Assembly premises despite the court order was to forestall any break in law and order.

He faulted the allegation by the Speaker, explaining that he (Odo) ought to respond to the invitation first “to know why he is being summoned than raising an alarm”. He added that the duty of the police was to ensure peace in the state.


Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on May, 15 2015

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