Tuesday, 7 August 2018

DSS Blocks National Assembly Complex, As Senate President Summons Emergency Meeting

The operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), have this Tuesday morning, barricaded the National Assembly complex, and prevented lawmakers and staff of NASS from entering into their offices.
It was learnt that the officials of DSS revealed that the order to barricade the National Assembly was 'from above'.
Senators Ben Murray Bruce, Biodun Olujimi and Rafiu Ibrahim are among those blocked. 
Meanwhile, the Senator Bukola Saraki-led leadership of the National Assembly on Monday night summoned an emergency meeting for Tuesday (today).
The Special Assistant to the Senate President on International Relations, Bankole Omisore, announced the meeting via his Twitter handle.
The tweet reads: “NASS leadership will tomorrow meet at noon to consider some national issues. The National Assembly leadership comprises both @NGRSenate and @HouseNGR.
“It will be followed by another meeting with the leadership of @inecnigeria led by its Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu.”
It was gathered that the meeting, which will be attended by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and the principal officers of both chambers would be briefed by INEC on the 2019 general elections.
It was further gathered that the leadership would also discuss the recent defections, which had generated controversies in both chambers.
There had been rumours earlier on Monday that the National Assembly might reconvene on Tuesday, suspending its ongoing two-month annual recess. But a source at the Senate dismissed the resumption reports, stating that it was a leadership meeting and not plenary.
The source said, “Yes, a joint leadership meeting has been called for 12 noon tomorrow. The meeting is on the current issues in the National Assembly, all the issues.
“By 1pm, chairman of INEC and other leaders of the commission will join the meeting to brief the National Assembly on the preparations for the 2019 general elections.”

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