Masked DSS operatives yesterday prevented Federal lawmakers and journalists from entering the National Assembly.
A photo of one of the masked operatives wearing an RCCG wrist band has emerged and gone viral. See below.
Some lawmakers including Senators Rafiu Ibrahim (PDP, Kwara South) and Ben Murray-Bruce (Bayelsa East) others were yesterday stranded at the main gate of the assembly complex.
“We have been refused entry into the National Assembly by DSS operatives,” Senator Ibrahim told newsmen Tuesday morning.
“We are waiting for the rest of our colleagues to come. Then we will see how many of us they want to kill. We have told this number of operatives is not enough. they should go and bring more men to prevent us from entering Nigeria’s symbol of democracy.”
— Olu W. Onemola (@OnemolaOlu) August 7, 2018
The National Assembly is on recess until September 26. But on Monday, an aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki said the leadership of the National Assembly will meet yesterday to deliberate on urgent national matters.
The notice of the emergency meeting came hours after the senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matters Ita Enang pleaded with the leadership of the national assembly to reconvene to attend to urgent issues such as the 2019 elections budget.
According to Ita Enang, the country risked a total government shutdown if the National Assembly did not reconvene soon.
However, Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said the call for the National Assembly to resume before the September 26 earlier scheduled is a matter of Enang’s personal wishes.
A spokesman for the People’s Democratic Party said on Monday that the call was a part of the APC government to create “anarchy” and impeach Saraki, who fortnight ago defected to the PDP.
Tuesday morning, masked and armed operatives of the DSS took over the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers from having access into the National Assembly and sparking outrage.
Hours later, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, sacked the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura over the invasion of the National Assembly by the DSS with immediate effect. Minutes later, news went viral that a combined team of the Police and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested and detained Lawal.