- Senators Isa Misau and Rafiu Ibrahim disclosed that they would sponsor a motion to probe the invasion of the National Assembly by the operatives of the DSS
- The duo noted that the federal government cannot afford to sweep the matter which they described as treasonable act under the carpet
- They maintained that the National Assembly must insist on getting to the root of the case
A week after the invasion of the National Assembly complex by men of the Department of State Services (DSS), the chairman of the Senate committee on navy, Isa Misau and his counterpart Senator Rafiu Ibrahim said they would sponsor a motion to probe the invasion.
Guardian reports that the duo, in a joint statement in Abuja, on Thursday, August 16, said an open enquiry would enable Nigerians know what led to the siege and those behind the plot to illegally take over the National Assembly.
They maintained that one of the priority assignments of the Senate on resumption would be a motion on the floor in which the siege and the harassment on democracy would be debated and appropriate resolutions taken on how to redress the situation.
According to them, “Is it not curious that the federal government has not deemed it necessary to constitute a judicial panel to conduct an impartial and public enquiry into the recent siege on the National Assembly which amounted to a coup against democracy in the country?”
“The federal government cannot afford to sweep this treasonable act under the carpet nor commit it to a secret in-house committee that may fail to do justice to the matter by treating the heist like business as usual. Sacking the former director-general of the DSS, Lawal Daura, does not end this.
“That is just a knee-jack, spontaneous reaction. We now need to understand how to cut off the cancer. The National Assembly must insist on getting to the root of the case.
“We must understand the causes of the invasion, unravel the brains behind the anti-democratic action in order to bring the perpetrators to book and prevent future recurrence. The inquiry must not be subjected to executive manipulation and cover up.
“We must ensure transparency and that is why an open judicial inquiry is what is needed now. A judicial commission of inquiry, holding its investigation in an open environment will help.
“This we believe would serve as a deterrent to any person or group of persons that may want to contemplate such condemnable action in future.’’
While warning that security forces should not be used to derail the nation’s democracy, Misau and Rafiu called on Nigerians and the international community to remain alert in order to frustrate further attempts to truncate the nation’s democracy through illegal deployment of security forces to intimidate, harass and arrest political opponents.
They added: “The recent siege on the National Assembly must not happen again and the only way to prevent a future recurrence is to ensure that the perpetrators and their evil collaborators are unmasked and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Anything less would only be condoning illegality and this will be unacceptable to Nigerians and our International development partners – who look up to Nigeria as a leading democratic nation in Africa.
“Any attempt to sweep this siege under the carpet by not setting up a judicial panel to determine the role and level of involvement of those who masterminded the shameful act will be resisted by the National Assembly, and by extension, Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, alleged that the sacked director of general of the DSS, Lawal Daura, connived with some high-profile politicians to barricade the National Assembly in order to bring the federal government into disrepute.
In a report submitted to the acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Idris sought the permission of the presidency to search the houses Daura and those of other politicians who acted in collaboration with him in the unpleasant development at the NASS complex on Tuesday, August 7.
Idris also stated that Daura was being detained in a police facility in Garki and undergoing further interrogation to extract more information on how and why he ordered his men to block the NASS.
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