27 March 2016

Nigeria: Kogi Assembly - I Need Legal Advice to Take Decision - Arase

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has said he needs the advice of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice before enforcing the resolution of the National Assembly to seal off the Kogi House of Assembly complex.

Arase disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Saturday during an exercise tagged 'Walk Against Crime', organised as part of activities to mark the police week, according to a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report.

The Senate had directed the IGP to seal the Kogi Assembly complex, pending the resolution of the political crisis in the house. Arase also said the position of the Senate had been sent to the minister for his advice on the matter.

"What I have done is to send the papers to the minister of Justice for his advice. I am a police officer; I also need the advice of a legal expert to actually know the way forward. Once I get the response of the minister, I will be able to take a decision," he said.

On the exercise, he said it was part of the police week aimed at connecting with other Nigerians. According to him, the mental and physical health of a police officer determines his or her level of work he or she can do. NAN reports that the walk took off from the Force Headquarters to the Unity Fountain in Maitama, and back to the Force Headquarters. In attendance were the Controller-General of the Federal Fire Service, representatives of the Chief of Naval Staff, NSCDC, FRSC, Musicians and Sports men among others.



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