The NASS Drama That Sacks Daura

Nigeria News takes a look at the drama at NASS, in which DSS operatives barricaded the complex that eventually led to the sack of Musa Daura.

The independence of the Nigeria legislative arm must have been eroded with the siege laid on the National Assembly by the operatives of the Department of State Service on Tuesday.

The DSS, a function of the presidency, barricaded the complex and went further to check the legislators that could access the place, including the Senate chamber.

Though the Presidency has denied having hands in the comatose as the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo went ahead to fire the Director General of DSS, Lawal Musa Daura.

Some senators were not allowed to enter the chamber, including the Clerk of the National Assembly, Ataba Molori and scores of staffers. They were asked to stay outside the gate until it was 9 am.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki had called for an emergency meeting of the leadership of the National Assembly, which comprises of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The Senate is on recess and it is expected to resume on September 22. However, the presidency has urged the Senate to resume earlier so that it can pass the N242 billion request by the Independent and National Electoral Commission for the 2019 election.

The impromptu meeting turned out to be drama as the operatives of the DSS barricaded the NASS entrance. Some of the senators who bulldozed themselves into the chamber vowed to stop any attempt by the senators on the platform of the All Progressives Congress from removing Saraki.

To the pro-Saraki senators, it will be illegal to remove Saraki just because the Senate president decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The meeting could not hold after all because some of the executive members of the two chambers were not present. The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuf said that the meeting could not hold as planned due to the invasion of the National Assembly by the DSS operatives.

He noted that the meeting had been called off. But, an investigation revealed that the Pro-Saraki group moved to the Sheraton Hotel for a crucial meeting.

The situation at NASS became tensed when the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio resigned. Akpabio is expected to declare his allegiance with the All Progressives Congress at Akwa Ibom mega rally on Wednesday.

He tendered his resignation letter through the Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha. He was alleged by the Pro-Saraki group of taking $1 million bribe from the leadership of the APC to supervise the removal of Saraki.

Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, representing Kwara South alleged that some senators had received $1 million from the APC to remove Saraki and that the DSS’s illegality at the NASS complex on Tuesday was carried out to implement their plan.

Corroborating Ibrahim, the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye alleged that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole collected signatures of some senators with the plan to pay $1 million into their accounts so that they could vote for the removal of Saraki.

He said that the PDP senators would be waiting for them and would ensure that they stop the illegality.

Reacting to the scenario at the NASS complex, the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar bemoaned the siege laid by the DSS operatives. He said that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria allows the independence of the legislative arms of government and separation of powers.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call DSS to order. As if Atiku is a seer, the presidency took a decision a few hours after the drama, sacking Daura.

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