Barely five months after withdrawing a retinue of police officers and men attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, the Inspector General, Suleiman Abba, has returned them to the politician.
No reason was given for the re-instatement of the security men by the IG, who had insisted that he did not recognise Tambuwal as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from the moment he defected to the All Progressives Congress on October 30, 2015.
The policemen were sighted in Tambuwal’s residence and office Wednesday but none was willing to speak on when they were asked to return to the APC Governorship candidate for Sokoto State.
But the Special Adviser on Media to Tambuwal, Imam Iman, confirmed to Vanguard on Wednesday that all the security men earlier withdrawn on the orders of the IG, had been returned to his boss.
“It is true that all the police officers and men attached to the Speaker are back at their duty post,” Imam said.
It will be recalled that shortly after the defection of Tambuwal to the APC last year, the then Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, had ordered the immediate withdrawal of the police personnel attached to him.
The IG defended his action and damned all the cries over it, saying that the decision was backed by relevant laws in Nigeria and could not be faulted.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, in a statement in support of the action by the IG hinged the withdrawal of Tambuwal’s security aides on Section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Statement read: “In view of the recent defection by the Right Hon. Aminu Waziri Tanbuwal, CFR, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from the People Democratic Party to the All Progressive Congress and having regard to the clear provision of section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the Nigeria Police Force, has redeployed its personnel attached to his office.”