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Enugu Speaker’s Security Details Withdrawn

Posted: May 10, 2015 at 7:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu –  Enugu


Moments after the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, who was on official trip to Enugu State, Friday, left the state capital, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Eugene Odo, raised the alarm over the withdrawal of six policemen attached to him as security details.

Sunday Independent gathered that the State Commissioner of Police, Adamu Mohammed, ordered the withdrawal of the policemen late Friday night.

The Speaker, who confirmed the withdrawal of the six policemen attached to him in a telephone chat with our correspondent, said the Commissioner of Police should now be held responsible for whatever happens to him or any member of his family.

“I want you to know that six out of the eight policemen attached to me have been withdrawn. My life and that of members of my family is now in danger. Please, should anything happen to me. Information available to me show that Abuja does not know about the withdrawal of my security. The order came from the Commissioner of Police. If anything happens to me or any member of my family, the Commissioner of Police should be held responsible.”

Though Odo is convinced that the Commissioner acted in his own powers and capacity of his office, it could not be confirmed whether he acted on the orders of the IGP as the latest development coincided with his visit on Friday; a situation which has left many people wondering at the deteriorating political crises in the state and has further heightened tension among the political class.

Incidentally, during the visit, Arase paid a courtesy call on Governor Sullivan Chime at Enugu Government House. The governor has been at dagger drawn with the Ode-led State House of Assembly.

However, the withdrawal of the security details may not be unconnected with the IGP’s decision to reduce the number of Police security aides attached to politicians. He spoke on the ground that the practice encumbers the availability of personnel for proper policing of the larger society, which the police is actually cut out to serve. But the question of why the decision should begin with the Enugu State House of Assembly speaker remains unanswered.

When our correspondent contacted the police spokesman for Enugu State Command, DSP Ebere Amaraizu, on Friday night, he said he was not aware of the withdrawal of the Speaker’s security.

Amaraizu said he would make enquiries and get back to our correspondent, but nothing was heard from him as at the time this report was filed on Saturday.

The Speaker, Odo, and 14 other members of the House of Assembly had very early on Monday morning issued a notice of impeachment against Governor Sullivan Chime for gross misconduct including forgery of 2012 supplementary budget, among other charges.

And in a dramatic twist few minutes after they issued the impeachment notice against the Governor, a group of eight alleged dissident members of the House of Assembly, said to be loyal to Chime, announced the impeachment of the Speaker and his replacement with another member, Chinedu Nwamba.