Osinbajo Sacks DSS Boss, as APC says National Assembly Developments, a Legislative Matter

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… Lawyers Describe Action as Act of Illegality

Following a meeting by the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo with the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Director-General of the Department of State Security, Malam Lawan Daura at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Daura has been reportedly sacked.

This was confirmed on the twitter handle of the Senior Special Assistant on Media Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande.

The present faceoff between the executive arm of government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, and the legislative arm led by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives took another dimension on Tuesday morning, when operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) laid siege at the gate of the National Assembly.

The surprising turn of events is coming days after a gale of defections rocked the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the planned defection of the former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godwill Akpabio, who also resigned his position as the Senate Minority Whip to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

The operatives of the DSS which does not have an official spokesperson were said to have arrived at the gate of the National Assembly blocking all entry and exit points of the complex, leading to the blockade of Senators, House of Representative members, Journalists, workers including the Clerk of the National Assembly who refused entry “because he cannot work without his staff”.

However, the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena has said that “mischievous attempts in some partisan quarters to link Tuesday’s developments in the National Assembly to the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole”, was wrong and malicious.

According to him, while the Party is monitoring the developments in the National Assembly like every other concerned Nigerian and stakeholder, there is absolutely no basis for all the false allegations and attempt to blame the APC National Chairman for the development there. It is strictly a legislative matter.

Joe Nwokedi Esq., Coordinator, Coalition Of Lawyers For Good Governance in an exckusive chat with The News Chronicle averred that; “the siege was quite unlawful and illegal. It’s illegality of the highest order. No one ever imagined that the current administration can talk from both sides of her mouth. In one instance they were appealing to the National Assembly to reconvene in order to look into the INEC budgetary allocation so as to meet the urgency of the moment, in the other hand they were planning something ominous against the National Assembly, Senate.

“Today no one talked about the INEC BUDGET again. It’s quite obvious that this government didn’t meant well for Nigeria. They placed their personal mischievous agenda above the major issue bordering on our election. It’s so sad. The international community should be made to know that our democracy is in great danger and threat. This government should be held liable if anything happens to our hard-earned democracy”.

Similarly, an Abuja based legal practitioner, Anthony Agbolahor who spoke with The News Chronicle pointed out that the actions of the executive arm of government was not a surprise, looking at the brazen way it had earlier laid siege at the residence of the leadership of the legislative arm some days ago.

“The only thing the executive could have done to pave the way for the impeachment of Saraki having decamped to the PDP was to shut out everybody who will stand on its way, but unfortunately, this is an illegal act which will not stand the test of time. It is an impunity on democracy.

 

Meanwhile as at the time of filing this report, some Senators and members of the House of Representatives were allowed to go into the National Assembly complex for a botched meeting called by the leadership of the legislative arm, on Tuesday.

According to a former Presidential aide, Doyin Okupe a list of pro saraki senators was compiled to counter any illegal move to impeach the senate president and his deputy.

Here are some of the tweets that came through in reaction to the siege at the National Assembly complex;

Lere Olayinka

Bankole Omisore, SA International Relations to Saraki

Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

Chima Amadi

Kayode Ogundamisi

Presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi who took a swipe at the manner the twitter handle of the senate president was used said

Senator Rafiu Ibrahim who was earlier barred from gaining access into the National Assembly said that

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