Just in: Abuja residents block National Assembly in protest

Just in: Abuja residents block National Assembly in protest

Some protesting residents of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, have barricaded the entrance of the National Assembly complex demanding justice over alleged extra-judicial killings.

According to the protesters, the killings happened in some communities in Abuja.

Premium Times reports that staff of the National Assembly and journalists were left stranded as a result of the protest.

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Philip Aduda, the senator representing Abuja, earlier reportedly raised a point of order on the floor of the Senate asking for immediate investigation into a recent Army invasion as well as killings by soldiers.

According to the lawmaker, there have been reports of killings in Tunga Maji community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), allegedly caused by soldiers.

The report quoted one of the protesters, Sunday Rabo as saying residents have constantly called on relevant authorities to intervene to no avail.

He accused soldiers of sometimes shooting sporadically at residents going about their normal activities.

The protest is coming days after some citizens of Nigeria under the aegis of the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Groups (CFIG) took to the streets and barricaded the gate of the National Assembly.

The group stormed the federal legislative facility protesting the killing of one Hamza Haruna allegedly by security operatives in the nation’s capital.

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In a letter addressed to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the groups alleged that the belongings of Abuja indigienes were being robbed.

They also claimed that their lands were being acquired and farm crops being destroyed by those they described as 'invaders'.

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