APC Governors Forum Blasts Police For Tear-Gassing Tambuwal, Others

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APC-GOVSChairman of the APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has described the action of the secu­rity agents, who did not only deny some members of the House of Representatives, led by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, access to the House but also tear-gassed them, as shameful and unfortunate.

Okorocha, who spoke on behalf of the Forum yester­day, described the incident as a disgrace to the nation’s growing democracy, and the worst known incident in the history of the country’s Na­tional Assembly.

“What happened at the National Assembly on Thursday was condemnable by all lovers of democracy. It was not a good thing to the image of the nation. It was a slap on the face of our democracy. The National Assembly of every nation is seen as a very powerful propeller in her democracy. And ours won’t be an excep­tion. So, our democracy was disgraced. Our National Assembly members were disgraced and invariably Ni­gerians who they represent were also disgraced by the singular action of the police.

“It is important to add that using the police to intimidate the members of the National Assembly was unaccept­able. Again, using tear gas on the National Assembly members was equally despi­cable. It was an insult to all Nigerians of goodwill, and all lovers of democratic ide­als in the country”, he said.

According to the Forum, “the police who are Nige­rians should help the coun­try’s democracy to grow, as it is in the interest of Nige­rians to have a united and democratic nation, including the police”

His words: “It will also be an honourable act for the po­lice, as a highly responsible institution to apologise to Nigerians and members of the National Assembly for what happened last Thurs­day. That would not be seen as a mark of weakness, but would only portray the force as a strong institution with personnel who appre­ciate democratic ideals and ethos”.

“It is hoped that such ugly scenario will not happen again in the best interest of the nation and her citizenry”, Governor Okorocha added.

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