Senate president Bukola Saraki has condemned of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) saying it should ordinarily not happen in a democracy.
Some DSS officials had on Tuesday barricaded entrance into the National Assembly, an action Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, said was in compliance “from the above”.
The moved was alleged by some senators loyal to the senate president as an attempt to force the impeachment of Saraki as Senate President.
“The heavy presence of armed security men who unnecessarily militarized the National Assembly and harassed legislators and the workers in the complex cannot be justified in a democracy,” Saraki said.
“We urge Nigerians and the international community to condemn this illegal invasion of the National Assembly complex and the attempt to asphyxiate the legislature as undemocratic, uncivilized and irresponsible.”
Lawal Daura, Director-General of the DSS, was later sacked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
Thereafter after Daura’s sack DSS officials at the National Assembly complex left.
Saraki later walked into the complex amid jubilations and exchanged some pleasantries with lawmakers who were still in the building.