Reps move to fight police impunity

After regaining his freedom from police detention, Member representing Gurara/Suleja/Tafa on Thursday thanked the House of Representatives for intervening to secure his prompt release. Lado was arrested during the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries to pick candidates for the House of Representatives by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) in Suleja, Niger State His release followed a resolved of the House to summon the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, if SARS failed to release him within 12 hours. Still, on Thursday the House ordered the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to rescind its decision banning students of Benue State University from participating in the 2018 Batch C scheme over allegations of age falsification. This followed a motion sponsored by Member representing Buruku federal constituency who doubles as chairman Rules and Business, Representative Emmanuel Orker-Jev. Orker-Jev faulted the ban on grounds that young innocent grandaunts of the university who are eager to participate in the scheme will be punished for no just cause. Earlier, the House experienced a mild drama when Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, announced the defection of the member representing Lagelu/Akinyele federal constituency of Oyo State, Rep. Olatoye Temitope, from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Action Democratic Party (ADP). While the Speaking was still reading Temitope’s defection letter, the member ran out of his seat in so much excitement screaming, ADP, ADP, APC. House Speaker, Dogara, was forced to pause allowing the member to conclude his before proceeding. Unconfirmed reports say Sugar has obtained the party’s form for Oyo Central Senatorial district and has emerged as the candidate. Also, Akinlaja Joseph, a member of the PDP, joined Zenith Labour Party. Similarly, chairman of the house committee on rules and business, Jev, formally announced his new membership of the PDP. During the gale of defections, he announced his withdrawal from the APC but however did not move to any political party. He seized the opportunity to announce to the House, his party’s decision to nominate him as it’s flagbearer in the upcoming senatorial election Their defection comes just a week after the National Assembly resumed legislative sittings after an 11-week break. Shortly before the House commenced its annual recess in August, dozens of members, mostly from the ruling APC defected to other parties. The lawmakers said disputes and parallel primaries leading to factions as their reasons for leaving their respective parties. With this, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have both lost members in the house of representatives. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, also dumped the APC for the PDP during the legislative recess. According to Section 68 (1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, “being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected; “Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored.”