In what would be described as an obvious mockery of democracy in Nigeria, the National Assembly was today barricaded by officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) in an alleged plot to sack Senate President Bukola Saraki.
This is coming days after the senate president defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Despite the massive defection of Saraki and some other senators from the APC to PDP, the ruling party still remains the majority in the red chamber.
The officers who wore mask covering their faces said that their actions are order from above.
Saraki has been advised by the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and other APC senators to resign his position as senate president and leave his crown for the ruling party or face whatever consequence that comes.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce who was at the National Assembly this morning vehemently condemned the incident, adding that he has contacted the United Kingdom and United States Embassy to revoke the visa of Senator Akpabio and anyone leading the assault.
“It has come to our 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.
Also, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim from Kwara State said that the DSS has taken over the gate of the National Assembly, saying that as of this morning, some senators were initially not allowed into the chambers.
“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,” Ibrahim said, adding that 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.”
At the same time, Senate President Bukola Saraki’s aide, Olu Onemola, noted that senators who are loyal to the federal government were reportedly meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja where they are allegedly plotting an illegal impeachment against Saraki.
The PDP senators who are loyal to the senate president however insisted that they will resist any plot to sack Saraki, adding that whatever decision taken by the APC senators will be null and void.
Senator Isa Misau from Bauchi State told journalists that; “there is a rumour that 30 of them want to perpetrate the evil act.”