Police denies involvement in National Assembly takeover

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris speaking on the overhauling of the new Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad following a presidential order.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has denied the involvement of officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force in the takeover of the National Assembly complex.

The Complex was on Tuesday’s morning invaded by security operatives.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with the Acting President at the Presidential Villa, Idris said: “No, we are not involved. In fact it’s a surprise to me. I don’t know who said it’s a directive from above but like I said, the Police are not involved.” 

Idris condemned the action and said it was not an attack on democracy as both the Police and the legislators were all democratic institutions.

“It can’t be an attack on democracy we are all democratic institution, all of us,” he stressed.

The Inspector General of Police said he was yet to get a detailed brief from his subordinates on what transpired at the National Assembly and would issue a statement on the matter when he gets the details.


Mercy Chukwudiebere