House of Reps splitted over Mbu, laud Jonathan, military


Report gathered that the  motion on the alleged disrespectful conduct and utterances of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone II Command,   Joseph Mbu, on Tuesday divided members of the House of Representatives along party lines.

An All Progressives Congress member, Alo Madaki, had moved a motion asking the House to “condemn” Mbu for alleged violations of the 1999 Constitution and showing “disrespect for the rule of law.”

Madaki recalled that Mbu recently directed officers and men under his command to “disregard any immunity being enjoyed by state governors” under his zone.

He also said the AIG had directed his men to kill as many people as possible in retaliation for any policeman killed during the forthcoming general elections.

Madaki also told the House that Mbu “abused” his office when he served as the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command.

He argued that Mbu’s conduct and utterances were a violation of the constitutional immunity of the governors and also proved that he had little regard for the lives of Nigerians.

But, Peoples Democratic Party   members consistently interrupted him, accusing him of passing judgment on Mbu, whom they had not heard from.

A member from Ebonyi State,   Linus Okorie, raised a point of order to stop Madaki.

Okorie shouted that Mbu must first be given fair hearing before a judgment of condemnation was passed on him.

The House suddenly became rowdy as the APC lawmakers shouted at Okorie to sit down.

“Sit down; sit down; you don’t have anything to say”, some of them shouted.

As the row continued,   Ihedioha tried to rule on the motion, but he too was interrupted by both parties.

However, pressure was mounted on Madaki to amend his motion to read that the House should “investigate” Mbu’s alleged conduct and utterances.

Madaki deleted “condemn” from the motion and replaced it with “investigation by the House Committee on Police Affairs” before the motion was later passed in a majority voice vote.

The House also praised President Goodluck Jonathan, saying the armed forces achieved the feat owing to the support he (Jonathan) gave to them by releasing funds for sophisticated weapons.


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