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Nasarawa Justice Commissioner Arrested For Jumping Assembly Fence
The police in Nasarawa State on Tuesday arrested the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Innocent Lagi, for scaling the fence of the State House of Assembly to serve a court order.
Lagi was at the Assembly to serve the officials with a court injunction restraining the House from summoning the chairmen of Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission, NASIEC and his commissioners to appear before it.
However, he was not allowed to enter the premises by the security officers attached to the Assembly complex causing him to jump over the fence, which prompted the legislators to order security officials to arrest him.
It was gathered that before Lagi arrived at the Assembly complex, the chairman of NASIEC, Abdullahi Modibo, and five other commissioners had already responded to questions raised by members on the conduct of the local government election exercise.
The premises was cordoned off by at least 80 security operatives, who tried to stop Lagi by locking the gate but he jumped through the fence to enforce the court order.
The commissioner was detained for about 40 minutes at the Assembly’s security post before he was whisked away in an Armoured Personnel Carrier with registration number NPF 5945AC.
Before the crisis ensued, Modibbo had admitted that he erred over the announcement of results from Obi and Akwanga local government areas, which were already declared by their respective returning officers as having been won by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidates.
According to the result announced Sunday night, the ruling party in the state, the All Progressive Congress APC, won in six local government areas while the opposition PDP dominated in four, even as the election in three local governments were declared inconclusive by the commission.
The House then directed the electoral boss to go and make proper announcement of the results from the two areas.
The Majority Leader, Godiya Akwashiki, said the House ordered for the arrest of the Attorney General because they did not know his mission as he jumped the fence to gain access into the assembly.
“We were surprised to hear that the commissioner, who knows the implications of jumping a fence, could go to the extent of jumping the fence to serve the the Assembly with a court order,” he said.
The state police public relations officer, Umaru Isma’ila, an assistant superintendent of Police, said the legislators had called the commissioner of police to report the action and that the Attorney General was invited to the command for an interview.