FG orders probe of national assembly invasion by thugs - Trends and Politics


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

FG orders probe of national assembly invasion by thugs

The Federal Government has expressed shock at the invasion of the National Assembly and the subsequent snatching of the Senate mace by thugs on Wednesday 
The thugs had Wednesday stormed the Senate, caused confusion and went away with the Mace, the symbol of authority.  They entered while plenary was on going and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu was presiding.
The thugs beat the security and sergeart at Arms, went away with the mace before the very eyes of all at 11.16am.
The thugs were said to be led by suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the security agencies have been directed to immediately unravel the circumstances surrounding the breach of security that led to the invasion.
He said the security around the National Assembly complex would also be reinforced to prevent a recurrence.
Baffled by the development, the senate described the action as an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, and it must be treated as such.
All Security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilize  their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the mastermind and the perpetrators of this act.
This action is also an affront on the legislature, and the Leadership of the House has come to express their support against this action.”
The Senate also decided that it will get to the roots of this sad assault on democracy and an obvious act of treason which the seizure of the mace by some armed hodlums represents. The hoodlums severely attacked some members of staff of the National Assembly, particularly the Sergeant-at-Arms on Chamber duties.
The Senate has mandated the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Kpotum Ibrahim and Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Mallam Lawan Daura, to retrieve the mace stolen by the hoodlums within 24 hours.
Some House of Representives members led by Deputy Speaker. Hon. Yusuf Lasun, are in the Senate chambers in solidarity visits. The session is presently live on NTA Channel 10.
"We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6pm", said Ekweremadu.

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