I am ready The police invitation Says Aminu Tambuwal


There were reports yesterday that the Inspector
General of Police was making plans to 'arrest' the
speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu
Tambuwal, over Thursday's drama at the National
Assembly. The speaker, in a statement released by
his media adviser, Imam Dalhatu, says he's ready
for any invitation by the police. Find his statement
The attention of the Hon Speaker, House of
Representatives, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
CFR, has been drawn to publications in the media
to the effect that the Inspector General of Police
has ordered that he, Speaker, be invited to the
Force Headquarters and that he be arrested if he
The Honorable Speaker wishes to state that he is a
law abiding citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
who has no immunity against arrest and
prosecution except privileges as may be provided
by the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act.
Accordingly , the Hon Speaker states for the
records that he is available, ready and willing to
answer any lawful invitation from any of the
Security agencies on any matter for which they may
require his attention.
The Speaker expresses dismay at the
unprofessional conduct of the Nigerian Police in the
attempt to stop him from accessing the House of
Representatives chambers on the 20th November
2014 to preside over the Special Session of the
House on the State of Emergency Extension
requested by Mr President, for which he had
recalled members from their working recess.
Most disgraceful is the false statement later issued
by the Police in which they claimed that in the lawful
exercise of their duties “ Alh Aminu Tambuwal CFR,
arrived the venue with a motley crowd,who broke
the cordon, assaulted the Police and evaded due
process”. This blatant falsehood coming from a law
enforcement agency, that is expected to be neutral
and lawful, is unfortunate, to say the least.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Hon Speaker came
to National Assembly accompanied by Hon
Members as is customary during any sitting of the
House. They all came with their official vehicles but
were disallowed from driving into the premises.
Certainly Hon Members, who arrived the precinct of
the National Assembly in response to a call to
perform an urgent, critical national assignment,
cannot be described by any self respecting
institution as “a motley crowd"
It is important to remind the Nigeria Police Force
that as a public institution that provides common
services for all the arms of government, they must
not allow themselves to be used by one of the arms
to undermine the others.
Malam Imam Imam @imamdimam
Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the
Hon Speaker