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Reps threaten to shut down over colleague’s detention

Reps threaten to shut down over colleague’s detention

- The House of Reps has threatened to shun plenary from Thursday, October 11, if Hon Abdullahi Lado is not released by the police

- Hon Toby Okechukwu who tabled the motion, said presiding officers of the House were not notified by the police before the lawmaker was detained

- Hon Nnenna Ukeje said the conversation about Nigeria’s democracy and justice system will be seriously questioned if lawmakers failed to act on Lado’s detention

- According to Hon Yusuf Lasun, the fact that a sitting lawmaker had been arrested and detained without trial shows that “Nigerian legislators are the most endangered”

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, October 10, threatened to shun plenary from Thursday, October 11, if Abdullahi Lado (APC-Niger), currently held at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Abuja, is not immediately released.

The resolution was read by the speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, who disclosed that a delegation led by Hon Femi Gbajabiamila will meet with IGP Ibrahim Idris to facilitate Lado’s release.

Legit.ng gathers that the speaker stated that if the meeting fails to yield the desired result, the House will resort to legal redress.

The motion to secure the lawmaker’s release was tabled before the House by Hon Toby Okechukwu (PDP-Enugu), who prayed the House to wade into the “politically motivated detention” of Abdullahi Lado for 72 hours without trial by the SARS headquarters in Abuja.

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In a debate, Okechukwu lamented that all efforts by members of the House to effect Lado’s release from SARS’s detention had yielded no result. He said presiding officers of the House were not notified by the police before the lawmaker was detained; claiming that it was done without due process.

He said: “It is unfortunate that a member of the Parliament could be arrested as a common criminal without notifying the presiding officers of the House. Worse still, the police insisted that he cannot be released without the permission of the governor of Niger state, Abubakar Bello. Mr Speaker, I wonder if we are under the rule of law or rule of men.”

Okechukwu urged the House to secure Lado’s release within 24 hours.

Hon Nnenna Ukeje (PDP -Abia), while contributing to the motion, insisted that the right thing must be done via the constitution. According to the lawmaker, the conversation about Nigeria’s democracy and justice system will be seriously questioned, if lawmakers failed to act on Lado’s detention.

On his part, Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta), recalled that SARS, as its name implies, was established to tackle cases of armed robbery and kidnapping. He opined that the recent foray of the security outfit into political squabbles was highly regrettable.

Fred Agbedi (PDP-Bayelsa) said it was obvious that Lado was arrested so as to abort his political ambitions in the recently concluded primary elections.

Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), urged the House to consider Lado’s disenfranchisement. He said the disclosure that Lado’s release could only be secured by the Niger state governor, Abubakar Bello, was disheartening.

According to Hon Yusuf Lasun (APC-Osun), the fact that a sitting lawmaker had been arrested and detained without trial shows that “Nigerian legislators are the most endangered.”

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Ado Abubakar, an All Progressive Congress aspirant for House of Representatives seat, was on Monday, October 1, attacked by political thugs in Suleja, Niger state.

The attack that occurred around Kaduna road junction, was blamed on supporters of Abubakar Lado, the current representative of Suleja/Tafa federal constituency.

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