APC lawmakers want police to vacate Edo Assembly

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The  15 All Progressives Congress legislators in the Edo House of Assembly have called on the Nigeria police to evacuate its men and vehicles from the Assembly complex and major roads around the legislative building.

The lawmakers said this while briefing newsmen in Benin on Wednesday on the position of the APC lawmakers on the House crisis.

They expressed shock that the police had continued their siege to the Assembly Complex with daily blockade of the Ring Road King’s Square area as well as adjoining streets.

The Speaker, Uyi Igbe, while explaining that the members and staff of the House as well as the general public had been informed of the relocation of sittings of the House to the old legislative chambers at the Osadebey Avenue in Benin, said the barricades placed by the police had interrupted vehicular movement and subjected members of the public to difficulty.

“The consequence of this continued blockade has been a total disruption of the free flow of human and vehicular traffic leading to untold hardship and economic loss by innocent members of the public.

“The House therefore asks the Peoples Democratic Party, and the Nigeria Police to put a stop to the ongoing blockade imposed on Benin City Centre in the interest of the citizens of Edo State, who suffer untold hardship,” Igbe said.

The lawmaker representing Oredo West also accused the police of taking sides in the crisis.

He said, “Officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force have virtually become the enforcement wing of the Peoples Democratic Party and have aided the PDP legislators to break into the Assembly Complex and the Hallowed Chambers under the pretext of holding plenary sessions.

“The height of impunity and brazen disobedience was reached in the early hours of the July 7, 2014 when nine renegade Peoples Democratic Party legislators were assisted by the Police to break into the House of Assembly Complex at Kings Square.”



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