LEGISREPORTS NG – Some members of the Cross River House of Assembly have expressed dismay over the recent arrest, detention and questioning of their leader, Hon. Moses Onor who represents the Obubra 2 state constituency.
The Nigeria Police Force, zone six command, had picked up the assembly leader and other community and political leaders of Obubra on the suspicion that they had prior knowledge of the mayhem unleashed by the Inyama community on Onyadema community of Yakurr LGA which claimed over 10 lives and left behind massive destruction of houses, medical facilities and other government infrastructures last Tuesday.
Hon. Jake Otu Enyia, representing Boki constituency and chairman of House committee on finance and appropriation said though the arrest of Onor was proper in the first place as one top government functionary who ought to have tried all in his power to forestall the violence, the development has rattled the assembly.
He said in such situation it is government policy to first and foremost look at the role and involvement of key government functionaries representing state government in such places or violent prone local government areas before arresting other suspected masterminds.
He said: “Though the arrest and questioning of our leader is in order going by government policy in the circumstance yet I want to say that it is quite unfortunate that he was picked up even though it is yet not proven if he had any involvements in the violence. His arrest was not good for the image of our hallowed chamber. But there was no way he could have escaped questioning because a community in his constituency was alleged to have launched the attack against another community in another Local Government.”
He said that the House was going to sit over the possible effects of the arrest on the assembly.
Another member of the assembly, Hon. Agbiji Agbiji equally lamented the arrest, saying they had already taken a resolution on the matter which empowers the secur security agencies to uncover all the sponsors of the unfortunate incident.
The deputy speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Ntaya Nyong, representing Akamkpa state constituency however feigned ignorance of the reason the House leader was arrested.
“We are aware of his arrest. But he has since been released. He is yet to brief the House on why he was arrested. He merely called me on phone to inform about his invitation to the zone 6 police headquarters”, he said.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the state police command, Mr. John Umoh had told reporters that they needed to pick the House leader and other functionaries suspected to be behind the violent killing in that constituency and that they would not hurriedly release them until they are satisfied with ongoing investigations.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Calabar