Conference chair threatens to arrest delegates’ aides for planning to disrupt plenary



The Chairman of National Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi (rtd), has threatened to order the arrest of delegates’ aides and drivers for planning to disrupt plenary over alleged non payment of their allowances.

Kutigi, who gave the warning during plenary on Thursday in Abuja, said it came to his notice that the aides and drivers had written a petition planning to disrupt plenary.

He said the secretariat had earlier explained to delegates that there was no budgetary provision for their aides and drivers.

“We just received security alert that your aides and drivers are planning to disrupt our conference.

“I understand the demonstration is because of allowance and we have told you that there is no budgetary provision for any aide or driver in the conference.

“Please appeal to your drivers and aides to leave us alone to conduct this conference in peace or alternatively, we shall be arresting them.’’

Kutigi urged delegates to call their aides and drivers to order, as the conference would not condone any unlawful act within the premises of the conference.

“You better take the message to your aides and drivers to stop harassing the conference.

“We don’t want to arrest the drivers and aides of our delegates that are lawfully here, but if they begin to carry out any unlawful act, we shall get them arrested; so, please, warn them.”