INVASION OF EDO ASSEMBLY IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL; ARREST OSHIOMHOLE, IGP, POLICE COMMISSIONER NOW IF…-: SAYS HURIWA:
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria(HURIWA) strongly condems the action of the Nigerian Police Force in Edo State this morning. The attempt by the Nigeria Police Force to take over the Edo State house of Assembly is unconstitutional and illegal. Can we ask the IGP Mohammed Adamu to study the Nigerian constitution properly so he does not run foul of the law? The Nigeria constitution has sarticulated and stipulated what is called separation of powers as enshrined in sections 4, 5, and 6 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 as amended. The inspector general of police should read those sections of the constitution to know that he has no powers to interfere in the affairs of the state legislature unless he is legally and duly invited by the properly constituted authority of the state legislature. If he was not invited by the speaker of Edo State house of assembly and if the speculation is true that the police is there to destabilize the Edo state house of assembly then the action must stop immediately and all those police OPERATIVES that carried out the illegal operation must be arrested and prosecuted alongside the person who authorized such an unmitigated illegality of monumental proportions which also is an attempted coup d’ tat. If the IGP was the one that gave the illegal order then he should be arrested and prosecuted because he is not above the law, if on the other hand, the presence of the police in Edo State house of Assembly is on the invitation from the speaker it is ok, provided the police is properly invited by the properly constituted authority of the Edo state house of Assembly. It must be the speaker of the House of Assembly, if it is the former Chairman of APC Adams Oshiomhole that invited the police then it is illegal and he too should be arrested for attempted overthrow of a part of government because it is a coup and treason for anybody to try to change any government through illegalities as adumbrated unambiguously by the Supreme law of Nigeria. Indeed, he Adam’s OSHIOMHOLE, the IGP and even Mr. President lacks the constitutional powers to remove the properly constituted hierarchy of the legislative chambers whether at the National or sub-national levels.
Section 1 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria says clearly thus: “This Constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on the authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any persons or group of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution. We hereby without reservations, absolutely condemns as despicable, reprehensible and odious any attempt to destabilise the Edo state House of Assembly and all those involved if confirmed, must be rounded up and prosecuted for treasonable felony. We warn all political actors in Edo state to play the game by the rules and allow peace to be sustained in Edo state and Nigeria as a whole. Let the good people of Edo state not sit by and allow their dear state to be destroyed by self seeking dictators. Your land is your life. Protect it.”
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko:
*Miss. Zainab Yusuf:
Director; National Media Affairs.
HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA).
6th August 2020.