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Senate delaying our N’Assembly invasion’s probe –Police

Three months after the police invaded the National Assembly premises, Abuja, and fired tear gas canisters at lawmakers, the Nigeria Police Force has yet to conclude its investigation into the incident.

The police said they were waiting for the outcome of the Senate probe into the November 2014 incident which attracted wide condemnation.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, told our correspondent on the telephone on Monday that the police had not concluded their investigation into the incident.

According to him, the Force was carrying out the probe and was also waiting for the outcome of the senate investigation into the incident.

Asked why the police needed to wait for the senate finding, Ojukwu said it would assist the police in their investigation.

“Police investigation into the National Assembly incident is ongoing; we have not concluded yet and I can’t give a specific date when it would be concluded, but we are also waiting for the outcome of the senate probe into the incident to assist us in our findings,” he explained.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, had earlier assured the nation on several occasions that investigation had commenced into the invasion of the NASS premises by the police.

Abba had promised that the probe would uncover what transpired during the incident in which policemen locked out lawmakers and fired tear gas canisters at them, including the Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.

He said, “Who did what and who didn’t do what will be disclosed to you later. You know we work with investigations; investigations are going on and the press officer will address you.”

The IG also gave the same assurances during the 12th Daily Trust Annual Dialogue in Abuja on January 22, saying investigation had commenced, noting that the outcome of ongoing investigations would reveal if there were excesses and errors in the police response.

Meanwhile, the IG has ordered the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Kano, Tambari Muhammed, to probe the killing of Prof. Ahmed Falaki, a lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Falaki and two other men were reportedly lynched by a mob who mistook them for Boko Haram members when their vehicle broke down around a village.

A statement by Ojukwu said the IG viewed with great concern the death in Kano of the don.

“He has, therefore, ordered the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Kano, AIG Tambari Muhammed to conduct an in-depth forensic investigation into the incident, with a view to unravelling the circumstances surrounding the attack and death of the renowned professor of Agriculture,” the statement added.

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