SENATE TO PROBE DSS INVASION OF EKITI ASSEMBLY

 SENATE TO PROBE DSS INVASION OF EKITI ASSEMBLY

Nigerian_SSSThe Senate Wednesday mandated its committee on National Security and Intelligence to investigate alleged invasion of Ekiti State House of Assembly by some personnel of the Department of State Security (DSS).
This followed a motion by Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti South) entitled “The invasion of Ekiti State House of Assembly by armed men of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) on Friday , March 4, 2016.”
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who gave the committee two weeks to submit detailed report of what transpired in the State House of Assembly, noted that the Senate would however not jump into conclusion without investigation.
Saraki described the alleged invasion of the House of Assembly as a serious issue but insisted that the matter raised by Senators was such that the Senate should not jump into hasty conclusion on the issue.
Olujimi in her lead debate noted that the Senate should be alarmed that on Friday March4, 2016, the hallowed chamber of the Ekiti State House of Assembly was invaded by armed men of the DSS.
She said that the Senate should be further alarmed that not minding the various committees of the House were meeting, more than 10 DSS men who were armed to the teeth invaded the Assembly complex, shooting sporadically into the air, thereby causing panic among members and staff of the House, who had to scamper for safety and were afraid for their lives.
The lawmaker said that she was concerned that at the end of the commotion created by the barbaric act, four members of the House of Assembly could not be found.
She noted that news filtered in during the weekend that Hon. Afolabi Akanni, the member representing Efon Constituency was abducted and taken to Abuja.
She described the action of the DSS operatives as not only unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful but a plot calculated to harass, intimidate and embarrass the people and government of Ekiti State.
Olujimi recalled that in September 2015, the Akwa Ibom State Government House was invaded by armed men of the same DSS without any formal explanation as to the reason for the invasion.
She noted that there was no doubt that embarking on political vendetta and muzzling of the opposition was dangerous to the survival of democracy in the country.
The lawmaker noted that she is persuaded that the action of the security operatives is outside the scope of the mandate of the service.
The National Assembly, as the highest lawmaking body in the country, he said, must step in to defend and uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which they were elected to uphold.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe in his contribution, said that if nothing is done to check the excesses of the men of the DSS, the next place they will invade might be Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said that the Legislative Privileges Act should form the basis of whatever action the Senate wanted to take on the matter.
He noted that no stranger should enter any legislative house with the permission of the Speaker of the Senate President.
Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah in his contribution noted that it will be nice and politically expedient for the Senate to take judicial notice of the fact that Ekiti State has always been subject of breaking the law.
He recalled the state Chief Judge was once beaten and chased away.
Na’ Allah said that the Senate should threat with caution on the issue of alleged invasion of the State House of Assembly.
Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume said that the motion came at a time the Senate should stand firm.
He noted that democracy is made up of three arms with different duties.
He said that the allegation of invasion if true was wrong.

LTV

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