Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Omolori, was on Tuesday denied access to the National Assembly by security agents.
The Clerk of the National Assembly is the senior-most permanent employee in the National Assembly with his seat at a table below the Speaker’s chair.
Alhaji Sani Omolori, when he demanded the reason behind the blockade, was told by the security personnels that they were acting on the orders from above.
The National Assembly Clerk, who retreated at the National Assembly gate, said he cannot work without his staff and told the PASAN Chairman that they should not take laws into their hands.
He told the staff he was not a party to what he termed “legislative coup”.
Mr Omolori angrily left the gates of the National Assembly few minutes later after questioning the rights of the security agencies to bar his staff from gaining access to their duty post.
He stated clearly that he cannot work without his staff.
Meanwhile, watch the interchange between Senator Rafiu Ibrahim and the DSS operatives below:
I was just barred by fully armed, masked officers of the DSS from entering the National Assembly (@nassnigeria). “We’re acting on the order from above,” I was told by officers laying siege on the Assembly. All entrances BLOCKED.
— Sen. Rafiu Ibrahim (@rafiuibrahim) August 7, 2018
Reacting to the development, Senator Dino Melaye stated on his Twitter handle:
CNA Administrative head of the National Assembly stopped from entering the NASS. Impunity taken too far.
— Senator Dino Melaye (@dino_melaye) August 7, 2018
The heavily armed agents from the Department of State Security [DSS], who were masked and hooded, prevented lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] from accessing the premises.
Reports, however, showed that they allowed All Progressives Congress [APC] lawmakers.
ElombahNews gathered that there was a clandestine move to impeach the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the Deputy President of the Senate, Prof. Ike Ekweremadu.
Some PDP members, however, later gained entrance in the the premises and lambasted the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.
Speaking in a video, Senator Dino Melaye said that the battle to rescue the Nigerian Project is a matter of “no retreat, no surrender” with the PDP senators chorusing with him.