The Plateau Commissioner of Police, Batholemew Onyeka, said that the state House of Assembly would remain sealed till security threats within and around the complex were tackled.

The commissioner said the command has an intelligence report on an impending attack on the complex that may lead to the breakdown of law and order.

He said the command, through social media, got the information that Abok Ayuba, the former speaker impeached on October 28, 2021, got judgement in his favour to be reinstated.

“I took the decision to seal the assembly complex to ensure that the State House of Assembly is safe and that neither life nor property is lost,” he said.

Mr Onyeka said that he invited assembly members with their lawyers to his office based on the intelligence at his disposal.

He said he advised the lawmakers to avoid anything that would lead to the breakdown of law and order hence, the deployment of police officers to the complex.

“The deployment of police personnel to the assembly wasn’t targeted at any group or persons but to maintain peace, protect lives and property,” stated Mr Onyeka.

The commissioner appealed to the people of Plateau to avoid being used by any person or group of persons to achieve their self-serving and selfish ambitions.

On April 3, the Plateau State High Court reinstated Mr Ayuba as the assembly’s speaker.

He resumed duty on April 4 and presided over the assembly plenary.

But Mr Ayuba’s successor, Yakubu Sanda and 12 others filed an appeal and stay of execution on Tuesday.

Messrs Sanda and Ayuba are laying claims to the speakership of the assembly.

While Mr Ayubarelied on his reinstatement, Mr Sanda is holding onto the stay of execution.




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