DEVELOPING: NASS besieged by security operatives, restrict access to lawmakers

OrderPaperToday – The National Assembly is currently under a security lock down as lawmakers, staff and journalists are shut out outrightly or allowed restricted entry into the sprawling complex.

As early as around 7.00am, masked operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) mounted a stern wall at the main entrance preventing entry for all. But as pressure mounted from the lawmakers, they were allowed into the complex but into the chambers.

Lawmakers were in a state of confusion as some milled around the lobby discussing among themselves while others continued to engage the operatives who sources say, are acting on “orders from above.”

Speaking to the press on the issue, Sen. Ben Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa) confirmed the situation saying: “It is true that lawmakers are allowed to gain access but inside is another hurdle because we had to push away into the chamber and meanwhile the air-conditioning system are not on and no staff of the chamber is around.

Speaking further, he said: “We are waiting for Senator Akpabio to come and impeach the Senate President so that he can take over, and mind you I have spoken with the British and American government on what is happening in the National Assembly how security agencies have laid siege to our premises.

“They have asked me to take pictures and also send the list of all the APC members that would impeach Saraki so that they would revoke all their international passport,” he said.

Details to follow shortly…


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