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UPDATED: SSS blocks National Assembly to remove Saraki

 

The National Assembly was in the early hours of Tuesday cordoned off by officers of the State Security Services in an alleged move by some senators to remove the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

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The officers, who said their actions are ‘order from above’ initially denied lawmakers entrance into the National Assembly.

The lawmakers were later allowed to enter the chamber.

For days, speculation have been on, on the appropriateness of Mr Saraki as Senate President, having defected from the ruling APC to the PDP.

Some APC senators are of the opinion that Mr Saraki should resign his position on the argument that the Senate should be presided over by a lawmaker from majority party. The APC is still believed to have a slight majority in the Senate.

However, PDP senators and others loyal to Mr Saraki vowed to resist any attempt to remove him.

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At 8.28a.m., Atai Aidoko Ali, a Kogi East senator arrived at the National Assembly premises and he was allowed to enter.


8.40a.m., No news of happenings in the Senate chamber yet as journalists and staff of the assembly are still locked out.


8.46a.m., Edo South senator, Matthew Uroghide, arrived National Assembly. He was allowed in.


Earlier, the leader of the masked SSS team at the National Assembly entrance said the siege was “an order from above”.

“We need more guns, send us more guns,” the officer, who wore no name tag, was heard shouting openly as National Assembly staff and journalists at the gate watched.

As early as 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, the main entrance of the building was blocked by the security operatives.

A police officer who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES, said he had no details about the situation.

“I don’t know what is happening. I’m seeing it just like you and I’m surprised, ” he said.

At 9:00 a.m., more senators and House of Representatives members are entering the National Assembly.

Senators Philip Aruwa Gyunka and Bassey Akpan arrived and entered the National Assembly.

A source told PREMIUM TIMES APC senators are entering the National Assembly through the back gate where a list has been submitted to security operatives. That has not been independently.


Some senators earlier spoke on on the siege by the masked operatives on the National Assembly. They spoke at the time they were not yet allowed into the chamber.

“We got here this morning to go into our office as usual; I work very early. During recess we do committee works and our own writings. I’m writing a book, so I go in there almost every day,” Rafiu Ibrahim, a senator from Kwara State said.

 

“We got here and DSS has taken over all the gates, all entrances to the National Assembly and they said it’s order from above. We asked them why, they said there is no reason. As it is today, it means Nigeria is under siege.”

Ben Murray-Bruce, PDP-Bayelsa, also condemned the situation.

“It has come to out attention that our colleagues cannot go to work after we adjourned for recess.

“I have contacted the UK and US Embassy to revoke the visa of Senator Akpabio or anybody leading this assault on this institution. We will ask them to revoke the visas of their wives and that of their children. They will not be allowed to leave Nigeria to travel to any nation in western Europe and North America,” he said.

Both senators, like others, were late allowed into the Senate.


After about an hour inside, Ben Murray-Bruce came out to address journalists.

He said the chamber is still locked because National Assembly staff are denied entrance.

He added that only PDP Senators are inside the Senate chamber thus confirming that APC senators are yet to converge at the chamber.


Some senators earlier spoke on on the siege by the masked operatives on the National Assembly. They spoke at the time they were not yet allowed into the chamber.

“We got here this morning to go into our office as usual; I work very early. During recess we do committee works and our own writings. I’m writing a book, so I go in there almost every day,” Rafiu Ibrahim, a senator from Kwara State said.

“We got here and DSS has taken over all the gates, all entrances to the National Assembly and they said it’s order from above. We asked them why, they said there is no reason. As it is today, it means Nigeria is under siege.”

Ben Murray-Bruce, PDP-Bayelsa, also condemned the situation.

“It has come to out attention that our colleagues cannot go to work after we adjourned for recess.

“I have contacted the UK and US Embassy to revoke the visa of Senator Akpabio or anybody leading this assault on this institution. We will ask them to revoke the visas of their wives and that of their children. They will not be allowed to leave Nigeria to travel to any nation in western Europe and North America,” he said.

Both senators, like others, were late allowed into the Senate.


9.31a.m., Suleiman Nafiz, one of the senators that left APC for PDP, entered the National Assembly.


9.34a.m., Senator Forster Ogola joined his other colleagues in the assembly. Mr Ogola parades a fake Ph. D certificate as revealed in a joint investigation by PREMIUM TIMES and other Nigerian media.


9:45: Lawmakers stranded at the National Assembly lobby

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An aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki alleges that anti-Saraki senators are currently meeting at Sheraton hotel.

The senators loyal to the government are now convening in Sheraton Hotel where the illegal impeachment exercise will be commencing. You can quote me on this, Olu Onemola said.


Bauchi senator, Isa Misau, came out to address journalists some moments ago.

He said he does not know the whereabouts of APC senators.

“There is a rumour that 30 of them want to perpetrate the evil act (remove Saraki).”

He vowed he and his colleagues would not allow the plan to hatch.

He emphasised that any decision taken by APC lawmakers will be null and void.


The clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, could not enter the assembly Tuesday Morning.

Mr Sani-Omolori retreated at the National Assembly gate after a moment conversation with officials of the State Security Service

It is not clear whether the officers outrightly denied him entrance or he decided to turn back on his own.

Mr Sani-Omolori however told journalists he would not have entered even if he was granted access as many of his staff are stranded outside.

“He’s (DSS officer) telling me they have security issues. I don’t know why this is.

“Even if I enter, how will I work without my staff?” he questioned.

The clerk left in his Peugeot vehicle thereafter.

Officials of the SSS in the early hours of Tuesday blocked the entrance of the National Assembly.

Some lawmakers were later allowed in by the security operative while journalists and other staff were still barred.


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