Kwara State Speaker Calls For Sack Of IGP

Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Razak Atunwa, has demanded the immediate dismissal of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Suleiman Abba, over his alleged complicity in the recent National Assembly fracas.

Atunwa said for Nigeria to have genuine democracy, no institution or arm of government should undermine the supremacy of the parliament and that with the action of the IGP, an inference could be drawn that the police chief is not ethically and morally fit to oversee security during the forthcoming general elections.

Speaking at the 1st Pan-African Students Parliamentary Conference convened by the University of Ilorin Senate council, an arm of the Students Union, in honour of the chairman, House of Representatives committee on Justice, Ali Ahmad, the Speaker said the police action at the legislative premises was “absolute insanity”.

On the other hand, Atunwa commended members of the National Assembly who scaled gates into the chamber, describing them as heroes and patriots, adding that if they had failed to find their way, the police would have succeeded in subjugating the will of the people.

He said insecurity pervades the country because the IGP was more concerned about political matters rather than facing security issues.

“I think the best thing that can happen to this country is for this IG to be removed. Simply because this IG has been partisan, it showed he was rash in judgement, he jumps before he can walk. And I think for me, the sooner he is removed, the better. He said he could also be cautioned to ensure that he follows the rule of law and due process”, he said.



    Speaking in the same vein, Ahmad expressed lack of confidence in the IGP to conduct transparent elections in 2015, stressing that Nigerians will not tolerate any action to truncate the country’s nascent democracy.

    “For me personally, I do not believe this IG would be able to hold free, fair and transparent elections. I have lost hope in him. That is my personal opinion; I don’t know what other Nigerians believe. Because now, we are hearing from the grapevine that he was to restore Tambuwal security. It baffles anyone. Nigerians are not dummies. We can look and listen to you but we don’t but all those things. So, Inspector General Abba should be dismissed; he should be relieved of his post. He can no longer receive our own support,” he said.

    Earlier in his remark, the President of university’s Senate Body, Haruna Wasiu, expressed delight that the conference had brought students of various Anglo phone and Franco phone countries together, pointing out that it was aimed at revitalising the students’ parliamentary structure on the continent.

    The conference attracted Students from Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Benin Republic, Kenya and Nigeria.

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