The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase has said he is awaiting the advice of the Minister of Justice before carrying out the directive by the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives took over the functions of the Kogi House of Assembly due to its unresolved crisis. The House also ordered the Police boss to seal off the Kogi Assembly since the House has been taken over.
The Lower Chamber, which arrived at the decision in one of its plenary sessions, explained that its action was in line with the provision of Section 11 (4) of the 1999 Constitution, which says the National Assembly could take over the functions of any state assembly that is in crisis. The IGP, however, said he sent the papers to the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for legal advice and is awaiting the Minister’s response.