Police stop Suleja LG chairma from assuming office

July 12th, 2018

From Suleiman Isah, Minna

The secretariat of the Suleja Local Government Area in Niger State was on Thursday turned into a mild drama when the police stormed the area to prevent the court from effecting its judgement reinstating the sacked chairman of the council.

A Suleja High Court headed by Justice Ahmed Bima had on June 21, 2018 ruled that Alhaji Ahmed Kassim return to his seat after the court found that he was illegally removed from office by the legislative arm of the council.

The court also directed the incumbent, Alhaji Abdullahi Maje, who was the vice chairman to Kassim to vacate the office immediately.

The drama began on Thursday when Kassim accompanied by his supporters from all the wards in Suleja metropolis want the court order enforced, but the police stopped them from gaining entry into the secretariat.

Before Kassim arrived in the secretariat, Maje was already seated and presiding over the affairs of the day.

Our correspondent gathered that the police and operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (BSCDC) stopped Kassim and his supporters from entering the secretariat.

The police blocked all the entrance to the secretariat with a Hilux van with registration number NPF 9102C.

An NSCDC vehicle with registration number CD 1096AOI was also strategically positioned in the area.

When the situation became chaotic the police fire shots into the air and teargas canisters to disperse the crowd

An eyewitness said that Kassim was later whisked away in the Hilux van and to Minna, the state capital.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammad Abubakar, confirmed the development but said that the police “only tried to avoid a breakdown of law and order in the town

“Our men were there to maintain law and order, we did not take side with any party in the dispute,” Abubakar said.

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