- The siege laid to the National Assembly security operatives has been condemned by ex-vice president, Atiku Abubakar
- He says there was a warning that what happened in Benue state would be escalated to the federal level if it was not checked on time
- He calls on those involved in it to put Nigeria first and abandon such act
Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has condemned the siege laid on the National Assembly on Tuesday, August 7, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Abubakar took to his Twitter page to remind Nigerians that his party had earlier warned that the recent occurrence in Benue state House Assembly was not checked on time would be escalated to the federal.
Legit.ng gathers that the former vice president was referring to the attempt by eight lawmakers to impeach Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom.
He tweeted: “We warned that if what occurred in Benue last week was not checked on time, it would escalate to the federal level. Today we are seeing that warning in play."
Apart from reacting to the siege on his Twitter page, Atiku also released a statement through his office.
The statement read: "The attention of former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has been drawn to an illegal and undemocratic attempt by fascist forces to break into the National Assembly for the purpose of furthering the agenda to force a change in the Nigerian Senate’s leadership.
"Atiku Abubakar completely condemns this atrocity and calls on all those involved to put Nigeria first and abandon this madness.
"The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, guarantees both the independence of the legislature and separation of powers. Nigeria is a democracy not a military dictatorship and we the people will never return to tyranny."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that during the siege on the National Assembly, its clerk, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Omolori, was denied access to the complex.
Omolori arrived the National Assembly premises at around 10:02am, but was denied entry by the masked Department of State Services (DSS) personnel who occupied the main gate of the federal legislative building.
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