Nigeria’s acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said the Presidency did not authorise the takeover of the National Assembly on Tuesday morning by the Department of Security Services, DSS.
He described the takeover as a gross violation of constitutional order.
A statement issued by Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said the acting president had described the unauthorised takeover of the National Assembly complex earlier today as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all acceptable notions of law and order.
Akande said Osinbajo condemned in totality the unconstitutional act, as it was not done under the knowledge of the presidency.
“According to him, the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable.” Akande added.
Akande stated that “By this statement, Professor Osinbajo is consequently assuring Nigerians that all persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty will be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action.”
DSS Invasion of National Assembly
Drama played out at both chambers of the National Assembly as men of the Department of State Services, DSS, took over the assemblies and prevented lawmakers as well as journalists from gaining access into their chambers.
This followed the emergency meeting summoned by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki yesterday to discuss Issues which included the string of defections in the political space, rumoured plan to impeach the Senate President and the pending 2019 elections supplementary budget, among others.
Recall however, that the presidency had raised the alarm yesterday over the scheduled emergency Senate meeting today which was to have in attendance, the House of Representatives’ Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara as well as other lawmakers.
The presidency had claimed that the meeting was being aimed at shutting down the entire government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, drama began this morning as men of DSS were said to have invaded the National Assembly Chambers in the early hours of Monday and taken over the complexes.
Pro-Saraki Senators alleged that those plotting to impeach the Senate President were allowed to go inside.