Why we sealed Plateau Assembly, – Police Commissioner

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Plateau State Police Commissioner of Police (CP) Bartholomew Onyeka has said the state House of Assembly complex was sealed to guarantee peace and security and avoid breakdown of law and order.

At a briefing in Jos yesterday, Onyeka said the House will remain sealed.

He warned contending members to stay off the complex, until all the issues are resolved.

According to him, the command was not duly served or officially informed that the former Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly Abok Ayuba, has got judgment in his favour to be reinstated as the Speaker, Plateau State House of Assembly.

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The decision to seal the complex, he said, was to ensure that the House of Assembly is safe and that neither life nor property is lost.

“Therefore, the deployment of police personnel to the assembly wasn’t targeted against any group or persons, as it was merely preventive to maintain peace, protect lives and properties and to prevent the breakdown of law and order,” he said.

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The CP added that, “After taking such measures, the police who are also a party in the suit, filed notices and injunctions of appeal and stay of execution on April 3 which was equally served on the parties concerned. From that period, a series of meetings have been held with the view toward ensuring that the Plateau State House of Assembly Complex is secured adequately.

“I want to state that police are not politicians and all our officers are non-partisan, hence I appeal to the people of Plateau state, including the traditional rulers, elders of the state, religious leaders, parents and guardians, women groups and the youth to avoid being used by any person or group of persons to achieve their self-serving, selfish ambitions.

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“On our part, we are only concerned to ensure that the state remains peaceful for all to live in and would not watch members of the assembly turn the premises of the complex into a battlefield.” (Nation)

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