The House of Representatives on Wednesday threatened to shun plenary from today if Abdullahi Lado (APC, Niger), currently held at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Abuja, is not immediately released.
The resolution read by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, also said a delegation led by House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) is to meet with the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to facilitate Lado’s release, failure of which the House would resort to legal redress.
The resolution followed a motion brought under matters of public importance by Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu) praying the House to wade into the “politically motivated detention” of Abdullahi Lado for 72 hours without trial by the SARS headquarters in Abuja, Daily Trust writes.
Okechukwu, in a lead debate, lamented that all efforts by members of the House to effect Lado’s release from SARS’s detention, has yielded no result.
He frowned that Lado’s detention was done without due process, since the police did not notify the Presiding Officers of the House before effecting the arrest, praying the House to facilitate his release within 24 hours.
“It is unfortunate that a member of the Parliament could be arrested as a common criminal without notifying the presiding officers of the House. Worse still, the police insisted that he cannot be released without the permission of the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello. Mr. Speaker, I wonder if we are under the rule of law or rule of men,” Okechukwu queried.
House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) implored his colleagues to consider Lado’s disenfranchisement, saying the disclosure that only the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, could release Lado, was disheartening.
Lasun Yusuf (APC, Osun), said the mere fact that a sitting lawmaker has been arrested and detained without trial shows that “Nigerian legislators are the most endangered.”
The House unanimously urged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to ensure that Lado regains his freedom within 24 hours, else the House would shut down plenary beginning Thursday.