Amah Baldwin, Enugu
Factional Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Eugene Odo, has raised the alarm over what he described as plans by the police to arrest and detain him in connection with the recent crisis which engulfed the Assembly. Odo also alleged that there was a grand conspiracy by the Police and Governor, Sullivan Chime, to poison him in the police cell as soon as his arrest was perfected. Odo told newsmen in Enugu that the Commissioner of Police, Adamu Mohammed, invited him for questioning on matters relating to impeachment charges preferred against Gov. Chime. Odo told journalists that the Assistant Commissioner of Police, invited him to explain the allegation in the impeachment notice accusing Governor Chime of forging the 2012 supplementary budget.
He wondered why the police was interfering in the assembly’s legislative mandate even when the assembly had obtained a court injunction against police obstruction of its proceedings . The speaker while addressing newsmen said he did not intend to honour the police invitation, alleging that both the Police and Governor Chime had connived to “detain and poison me in police cell.” He urged the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to intervene in the state crisis and also call the Commissioner of Police Adamu Mohammed to order. According to Odo: “The commissioner of police is yet to obey the court order; instead he has invited me on account of the petition allegedly written by the Governor.
“I want to state categorically clear that the issue of impeachment is a legislative matter and ought not to be taken over by the police. My personal life and my family are now in the hands of the Governor and the police. I suspect we may be detained and poisoned in Enugu State Police Command. “We expect response to the impeachment notice from whom it was served and not for police to come and take over the functions of the House of Assembly. “It is an abuse of court process, the police is descending on the arena of conflict between the executive and the legislature and we urge the police to restrict themselves to the very function they are assigned to and not to take over the job of the House. ” Odoh disclosed that he remains the authentic Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly that attended the just concluded Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly in Abuja, where the situation in Enugu State was condemned by a resolution of the body. He described Hon. Chinedu Nwamba as “Governor’s Speaker” who, according to him, now lives in Enugu State Government House.