Photos: Nigeria Police Explains: Why we cordoned Off National Assembly Today, Tear Gas Fired At Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal & Others, The Nigerian police claimed it sent its men to the premises of the National Assembly in Abuja today after it learnt of a planned invasion of ‘hoodlums and thugs’. According to a statement by spokesman, acting police commissioner, Emmanuel Ojukwu, the police got wind of the ‘invasion’ from ‘intelligence’ report.“Consequently, the Police cordoned the area and began screening of all members and visitors alike.“In the course of this lawful exercise, Alh. Aminu Tambuwal CFR, arrived the venue with a motley crowd, who broke the cordon, assaulted the Police and evaded due process and the Police had the duty to restore order and normalcy, using lawful means”.
The motley crowd that Ojukwu referred to were members of the House of Representatives, who came in with the Speaker, to attend an emergency session to deliberate on President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for an extension of the state of emergency in the three states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno, in Nigeria’s north-east. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2