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Breaking: Saraki reacts to allegation he connived with Lawal Daura

Breaking: Saraki reacts to allegation he connived with Lawal Daura

- Senate President Bukola Saraki has spoken on the siege laid to the National Assembly by the officers of the DSS

- Saraki denied allegations that he compromised with the sacked DSS boss, Lawal Daura, to carry out the operation

- The Senate president, however, noted that he was a victim of the siege

The Senate president Bukola Saraki has denied allegations that he compromised Lawal Daura, the director-general of the State Security Service who was sacked on Tuesday, August 7.

Saraki was said to have been accused by the ruling All Progressives Congress and its supporters online that he was the one who plotted the controversial blockade of the National Assembly.

Premium Times reports that the lawmaker responded to the claim on Wednesday, August 8, at a press briefing, which his media office tagged as a ‘world press conference’, saying it was counter-intuitive.

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The Senate president noted that he was also a victim of alleged recklessness of security chiefs, including Daura adding that his security detail was recently reduced, as well as that of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, all without recourse to due process

According to him, “Let us not insult the intelligence of Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, gathered that the NGF condemned the siege to the National Assembly by operatives of the DSS.

Chairman of the forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, in a statement on Wednesday, August 8, called for the punishment of all those involved in the siege.

Speaking through the head of media of the NGF, Abdulrazaque-Bello Barkindo, the forum described the conduct of the security operatives as an aberration.

It said the siege on the National Assembly was a despicable action that challenges the core of the nations democracy and threatened Nigeria’s existence.

Governor Yari Abubakar described the National Assembly as the bastion of democracy, noting that an attack on the Assembly is an attack on the collective conscience of the country at large.

He warned against future actions by security agencies which could plunge the country into confusion.

In a related development, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, claimed that the siege laid to the National Assembly by the officers of the DSS, reached him as a surprise.

Idris made this known after a closed-door meeting with the acting president Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The police boss added that the NASS situation was not an attack on democracy. It was learnt that Idris said the Nigeria Police Force was not involved in the siege.

According to him, “Obviously, like I said, I have not got a detailed brief on that. In fact we are going to issue a press release on that.’’

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