The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, was adamant on Wednesday, refusing to recognise the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, as the speaker.
The IG simply addressed him as “Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal”, and that address angered members of the House Committee on Police Affairs who then asked,“Is Aminu Waziri-Tambuwal the Speaker of the House of Representatives or not?”
Abba insisted that it would be “subjudice” for him to address Tambuwal as speaker or any matter relating to him so long as such a matter was in court.
When the Chairman of the House committee, Mr. Usman Bello-Kurmo, asked him the direct question, the IG replied, “Mr. Chairman, you know that matters before the courts are subjudice.”
He continued, “Commenting on them is subjudice until they are disposed of.”
The response brought the session between Abba and the committee to an abrupt end, as the two parties stormed out of the venue. The committee, acting on a House resolution, had summoned Abba to explain why the police shut the gates of the National Assembly against lawmakers on Thursday last week.
During the closure, Tambuwal and many lawmakers were disallowed entry by the police, resulting in violent reactions by the members.
In the process, many of them scaled the gates to enter the premises and later forcibly took the Speaker into the House.
Riot policemen reacted by throwing tear gas canisters at Tambuwal and the enraged members. Since the defection of Aminu Tambuwal to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Nigerian police even in its’ statement refuses to recognise Speaker Tambuwal, as they continue to address him as an Alhaji instead.