ABUJA – The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, has ordered the withdrawal of policemen attached to the office of the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal.
The order is contained in a statement issued by the Force spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, an Acting Commissioner of Police, on Thursday in Abuja.
The statement said the action was because of Tambuwal’s defection from the PDP to APC.
The police defended its stand, stating that it was done “having regard to the clear provision of section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended’’.
The speaker defected on Tuesday shortly before the House adjourned sitting till Dec. 3.
Meanwhile, the I-G said the force had committed adequate resources to the provision of logistics to effectively police the 2015 generation elections.
Ojukwu, in another statement, said Abba gave the assurance when the “ECOWAS Pre-Election Fact Finding Head of Mission to Nigeria’’ paid him a courtesy visit.
It said Abba had assured the team that, the police had made adequate preparations to make the election hitch free, adding that the welfare and training of personnel on election security was on going.
The statement indicated that the head of the ECOWAS mission, former Ghananian President, John Kufour, had informed the police chief that the visit was to appraise the police readiness for a violent-free poll in 2015.
It added that Kufour commended the force for the proactive strategies it had adopted ahead of the election. (NAN)