FG orders probe of N’ASS invasion

By Editor on 19/04/2018

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*APC, PDP, Atiku, others call for probe

The Federal Government said it had directed security agencies to unravel the circumstances surrounding the breach of security that led to the invasion at the Senate chamber Wednesday.  

In a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the government added that the security around the National Assembly complex would be reinforced to prevent a recurrence.

APC, PDP, Atiku, others call for probe

The All Progressives Congress, the House of Representatives, civil rights groups, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party have called for a thorough investigation into the incident.

The APC, in a statement   by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, called on the security agencies to recover the stolen mace.

Abdullahi said, “The APC condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy.

“We, therefore, call on security agencies to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.”

Members of the House of Representatives said an apt description of the attack was “terrorism.”

The members, led by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, had initially visited the Senate chambers to sit briefly with senators.

They later returned to the House to debate the invasion, following a motion moved by the Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The leader told members to prepare against what he called a carefully planned affront to the legislature, “the very heart of democracy.”

He added, “This is akin to a terrorist attack; we must not give them the opportunity to celebrate this attack.”

Gbajabiamila noted that the invasion had again brought to the fore the urgency to strengthen security at the National Assembly.

“This attack simply meant that we have been sitting ducks here.”

Incidentally, some lawmakers from Ghana were on a visit to the National Assembly on Wednesday when the invasion occurred.

Gbajabiamila apologised to the visitors on behalf of the National Assembly.

A member from Anambra State, Mr. Gabriel Onyenwife, supported the motion, calling the invaders terrorists.

He said, “If the legislature is no more, what is the fate of democracy? Today, it is the mace, it could have been a senator or a member that the terrorists came to attack.

“The security personnel in the National Assembly must explain the role they played in this saga.”

A lawmaker from Osun State, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, said the invasion was a “failed coup” which should be met with appropriate penalty for coup plotters.

More members condemned the attack. They include the Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Relations, Mrs. Nnenna Ukeje; Tajudeen Yusuf, Karimi Sunday, Toby Okechukwu and Ahman Pategi.

Posted 19/04/2018 04:35:41 AM

 

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