The Nation’s Legislative arm is now experiencing security lapses essentially in and around its complex as three members ‘offices were looted by thieves within the past week, urban express news online have learnt
Urban express news online gathered on Wednesday, that the office of the lawmaker representing Lagos West Senatorial District and wife of the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, was looted with computer sets and other devices stolen.
Also, the office of a member of the House of Representatives, Mr Muhammed Gausu Boyi, representing Ringim/Taura Federal Constituency, Jigawa State, was burgled with valuable items carted away.
Tinubu, in a statement issued on Thursday night by her aide, Nifemi Aje to newsmen, copy of which was sent to urban express news online disclosed that an HP laptop computer, Smile Internet modem, some copies of the Nigerian Constitution, machine box attached to the Closed Circuit Television camera, among others, were stolen by the yet to be identified thieves.
The statement disclosed further that a report of the theft had been lodged at the National Assembly’s Police Post.
Boyi, in a petition to the Sergeant at Arms, Brig.-Gen Mohammed Sani (retd.), reported that his office had been emptied by the thieves.
According to the letter dated 10th January 2019, listing items missing from his office, Boyi said two Samsung Plasma Television sets, two HP photocopy machines, one water dispenser, one Samsung refrigerator and a printer machine had been stolen.
The lawmaker, in the letter he personally signed, said his office assistant, Mr Abba Yusuf, discovered the burglary incident in the early hours of Thursday when he resumed for work.
He noted in the letter that a similar report had been made at the office of the Divisional Police Officer of the National Assembly Division of the Police.
Another member of the House, Mr Muazu Lawal, from Zamfara State had also reported to both the Sergeant-at-Arms and the DPO’s office that his office was burgled in December 2018.
Meanwhile, the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki has raised an alarm to well-meaning Nigerians and the international community over what he describes as security lapses on him and family, saying Nigerian should hold inspector general of police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris responsible should anything untoward happened to him or members of his family in the months ahead.
The Senate president made this allegation while addressing a press conference at the People’s Democratic Party, PDP Presidential campaign Headquarters in Abuja yesterday
Continuing, the Saraki said some unidentified men invaded his family house in Ilorin and inflicted injuries on some occupants, in the full glare of men of the Nigerian Police.
The Senate President linked his ordeal to the support being enjoyed by the PDP in Kwara state even as he accused the Police of protecting to the merchants of violence.
He said,” The entire world should hold the IGP responsible if anything untoward happens to members of my family and myself. “The Police have continued to show undisguised hostility to me and my supporters in Kwara State and this latest round of violence is part of efforts to jeopardise and undermine my personal security and that of my immediate and larger family.
“Three incidents will illustrate what I am saying to you. Yesterday (Thursday), after the All Progressives Congress, APC, concluded their campaigns in Ilorin, some of their supporters and thugs moved around town and in areas like Adewole/Adeta, Ile Otan and Ubandawaki/Pakata where they saw our people gathered holding their weekly ward meetings.
“They disrupted the meetings by shouting their party slogan and when our people responded by mentioning our own slogan, they fired gunshots into their midst in Adewole/Adeta.
They also inflicted matchet cuts on some of them. As a result of this attack, two people suffered bullet wounds. Continuing, Saraki claimed that “these same APC thugs shielded by policemen went to my family quarters in Agbaji in Ilorin, and vandalized houses, shops and inflicted wounds with a machete on three people. Saraki begs electorate to forgive PDP candidates, says no way for Tinubu in Kwara “All these destructions took place in the presence of policemen who came with them but watched without any care, as the APC thugs and supporters unleashed violence on our people.
“For me, personally, I believe the decision to attack people and properties in my family ancestral compound is a direct affront and attack on my person. And whatever signals these APC elements with support from the police believe they are sending is definitely sinister, uncivilized and unfortunate.”
He added that the victims have filed reports of the incidents in relevant police stations in Ilorin, noting however that “we have doubts that anything tangible and constructive will come out of these reports.”
Accusing the Police boss of complicity, the Senate President added that “the same Police under the directive of Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Kpotum Idris yesterday (Thursday) commenced the transfer of Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) out of Kwara State. While the police are free to take decisions on the deployment of their personnel, we found the postings in Kwara State strange and more than a mere coincidence.”
He also drew the attention of Nigerians to the fact that the IGP has posted three different Commissioners of Police to Kwara State in the last six months, stressing that “the previous and current Commissioner of Police in the State got strict instructions from the IGP not to relate or engage with the Senate President. “The usual practice has been that the Commissioner of Police personally ensures the security of the Senate President whenever he visits his home state.
That was the practice during the period of my predecessor and in my first year in office. “We need to make it clear to the entire world that now that ward to ward campaigns is about to begin in the state and I am set to participate in that grassroots campaign as I have always done
Debunking all said, the police in a statement said all allegation made by Nigeria’s senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki that his men supervised an attack on his family house and his supporters after the opposition All progressive congress rally in kwara state remains untrue!
“The Nigeria Police Force wishes to categorically state that all the allegations in the statement of the Senate President are incorrect, misleading and false,” police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said in a statement yesterday.
“The Nigeria Police Force did not give any protection to any political thug or shield any APC thug to go to family quarters of the Senate President in Agbaji, Ilorin and vandalize houses, shops and inflict wounds with a machete on three people as claimed by the Senate President.
Moshood said the police did not receive any complaint or report of “gunshot and wounding as claimed by the Senate President”.
Saraki, while addressing an emergency press conference at the PDP Presidential Campaign Office (Legacy House) in Abuja on Friday, alleged that the police showed an undisguised hostility to him and his supporters.
“Yesterday, (Thursday) after the APC concluded their campaigns in Ilorin, some of their supporters and thugs moved around town and in areas like Adewole/Adeta, Ile Otan and Ubandawaki/Pakata where they saw our people gathered holding their weekly ward meetings, they disrupted the meetings by shouting their party slogan and when our people responded by mentioning our own slogan, they fired gunshots into their midst.”
“They also inflicted machete cuts on some of them and two people suffered bullet wounds,” he added
The Senate president also alleged, that the “APC thugs shielded by policemen” went to his family quarters in Agbaji in Ilorin, and vandalised houses, shops and inflicted wounds with a machete on three people.
“I believe the decision to attack people and properties in my family ancestral compound is a direct affront and attack on my person,” Saraki said.
But Moshood said Saraki deliberately peddled false information in his press statement and reiterated that the inspector-general of police had nothing to do with the Senate president p=being implicated by the suspects who allegedly carried out the now infamous Offa robbery attack in April 2018.