Lawmakers order security beef up following Tuesday’s clash

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The Nigerian Senate has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Muhammad Adamu to beef up security around the complex to forestall recurrence.

The call came after Tuesday’s clash between protesters and security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly.

Members of the Shiite group had in their hundreds protested to the National Assembly for its long silence over the detention of El Zakyzaky but it turned bloody after alleged attempt by the security agents to prevent them from gaining entry.

The ensued confrontation later led to the shooting of two policemen, burning and damaging of cars belonging to staff and visitors.

One of the protesters reportedly died from a gunshot wound and several others sustained different degrees of injuries.

The Senate spokesman, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye condemned the action of the group and called on the IGP to fish out the perpetrators.

Senator Adeyeye, who said the attack is already being investigated by the police, described the National Assembly as a sacred institution of government and must therefore be respected by every Nigerian, irrespective of status.

According to him, “The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria condemns in its entirety, the desecration of the sacred National Legislative Institution of Nigeria on Tuesday by the members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) with its forceful invasion into the premises. 

“The unruly mob overpowered the security apparatus of the National Assembly through its main entrance known as MOPOL Gate. They forcefully seized one of the security operatives’ gun, shot two security personnel, unleashed terror on others, vandalised the gate, and burnt three vehicles of innocent individuals, while many other cars were equally vandalised. 

“This unwarranted affront on the Federal Parliament led to abrupt adjournment of the House of Representatives plenary.

“Although, the Inspector-General of Police has ordered speedy and diligent investigation into this unfortunate and unwarranted desecration of the Federal Legislative house, the Senate hereby urge all law enforcement agencies to rise up to their hiding and urgently fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act with the  law taking its full course.

“It should be drummed into the ears of perpetrators of this heinous act that the National Assembly is a place of serenity and sacred legislative and deliberative institution which should be respected and allowed to concentrate on her mandate of  legislation for good governance, security and peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.”

Senator Adeyeye concluded by saying that the National Assembly is a public place for Nigerians, therefore, citizens must follow  proper channels and protocols if they have causes to access its premises. ”

 

Confidence Okwuchi