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Plateau State House Of Assembly Will Remain Closed Says Commissioner Of Police

The Commissioner of Police in Plateau , Mr Batholemew Onyeka, said that the state House of Assembly would remain sealed till security threats within and around the assembly complex were tackled. He made it known that the command has a good and smart way of implementing unnecessary attack on the building and till further notice, the building ought to be shut down for the main time.

Mr. Onyeka stated this on Tuesday in Jos while addressing newsmen on why it was sealed by security personnel since April 5.

The commissioner said that the command has intelligence report on impending attack on the complex that may lead to breakdown of law and order. He said that the command, through social media, got the information that Abok Ayuba, the former speaker impeached on Oct. 28, 2021, got judgment in his favour to be reinstated.“The members had an unrestricted and unfettered access to the assembly complex which is a clear testimony that the assembly was unsealed before that judgment was passed.

“But we got information that some mischievous persons who, based on intelligence mobilised to ensure that they gain unrestricted access by all means to the assembly complex.

“I took the decision to seal the assembly complex to ensure that the State House of Assembly is safe and that neither life nor property is lost,” he said. Onyeka said that based on the intelligence at his disposal, he invited members of the assembly with their lawyers to his office. He said he advised the lawmakers to avoid anything that would lead to breakdown of law and order hence, the deployment of policemen to the complex.“It will be a negligence and dereliction of duty on my part as the commissioner of police if having gotten the intelligence and fails to do that for which I’m here to do.

Headmonished all law abiding citizens to go about their lawful businesses and the warring parties, to seek peaceful ways of settling their differences in accordance with the rule of law.

The News Agency of (NAN) reports that Ayuba who was impeached was reinstated by the Plateau High Court on April 3.He resumed duty on Tuesday, April 4 and presided over the assembly plenary. Ayuba’s successor, Yakubu Sanda and 12 others filed an appeal and stay of execution on April 4. Both Sanda and Ayuba are laying claims to the speakership of the assembly.

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