The Akwa Ibom State police command has explained the circumstances that led to the invitation of the Assembly clerk and the cashier, Mandu Umoren and Monday Akpan, respectively.
Police spokesman, Odiko McDon told TNN over the telephone on Saturday that they were invited and questioned based on a petition from some aggrieved members of the Assembly.
The PPRO said the Assembly staff were invited for questioning over a petition from five lawmakers who were sacked from the assembly in November last year, for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).
The sacked lawmakers are Nse Ntuen, who represents Essien Udim State Constituency; Idongesit Ituen, Itu; Victor Udofia, Ikono; Otobong Ndem, Mkpat Enin; and Gabriel Toby, Etim Ekpo/Ika.
According to McDon, “there was a petition by other members, those who defected from the APC, to the police, stating that monies meant for them have been diverted for personal use by the cashier and the clerk.
“It is in that ground that they were invited, to ascertain the truth and if there is any culpability and the extent. When they came, immediately after, they had to listen to them and they were allowed to go.
“The commissioner of police gave a clear instruction to the officer handling the case to release them on bail. They were not kept overnight. They were released same day after the findings.
Investigation is on-going. It may not be concluded in a day. If there is need for them to be re-invited, they will be re- invited and if there has been a criminal breach, they will be charged to court.”
The Akwa Ibom assembly has been embroiled in crisis since the lawmakers were sacked.
The state government has repeatedly accused the police of taking sides with the APC and the sacked lawmakers.
Even, the governor, Udom Emmanuel, in November last year led some security officials and some youths loyal to his government, to the assembly premises to chase away the sacked lawmakers who had taken over the Assembly complex.