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Police makes U-turn; bans Rivers assembly members from sitting despite signing undertaking

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Police makes U-turn; bans Rivers assembly members from sitting despite signing undertaking

by Dare Lawal

Despite signing the letter of undertaking as demanded by the Rivers state Police Command, the members of the state assembly have been barred from sitting by the police.

Over the weekend, the Rivers police commissioner made a U-turn and warned lawmakers not to come near the assembly complex.

In a statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Mohammad, the police said that it’s decision to reverse itself was due to an application at the Court of Appeal for a stay of action on the decision of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which had earlier nullified the takeover of the functions of the state House of Assembly by the National Assembly.

“Consequently, the Commissioner of Police has written to the Clerk of the Rivers State House of Assembly to inform the honourable members to stay away from the Assembly complex,” police statement read.

But the Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Leyii Kwanee, condemned the action of the police, describing it as frustrating, adding that the police command was deliberately looking for a way to stop the legislature in the state from  functioning.

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