Shiite protest: Senate beefs up security around NASS complex

Shiite protest: Senate beefs up security around NASS complex

- Following the protest by Shiites, the Senate has called for a security beef up around the National Assembly complex

- The red chamber’s leadership is already in talks with security agencies that are investigating the incident

- The Senate also urged all law enforcement agencies to rise up and urgently fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act

Following the bloody protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), the Senate on Wednesday, July 10 called for a security beef up around the National Assembly complex.

The development was made public by the chairman of the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sen Adedayo Adeyeye (APC-Ekiti), in a chat with newsmen, Daily Trust reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that the red chamber’s leadership is already in talks with security agencies that are investigating the incident.

Adeyeye lauded the security personnel who handled the protest for exercising restraint in dealing with the protesters.

He said: “The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria condemned in its entirety, the desecration of the sacred national legislative institution of Nigeria yesterday by the members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) with its forceful invasion into the premises.

“The unruly mob overpowered the security apparatus of the National Assembly through its main entrance known as MOPOL gate.

“They forcefully seized one of the security operatives’ gun, shot two security personnel, unleashed terror on others, vandalized the gate, and burnt three vehicles of innocent individuals, while many other cars were equally vandalized.

“This unwarranted affront on the federal parliament led to abrupt adjournment of the House of Representatives plenary.

“Although the inspector general of police has ordered speedy and diligent investigation into this unfortunate and unwarranted desecration of the federal legislative house, the Senate hereby urged all law enforcement agencies to rise up to their hiding and urgently fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act with the law taking its full course.”

Adeyeye stressed that if citizens want to have access to the National Assembly, they must follow proper channels.

He added: “Senate hereby calls for security beef up within the National Assembly and other institutions henceforth.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites, denied reports that its members attacked police officers attached to the entrance of the National Assembly.

The spokesman of the forum, Abdullahi Musa, on Tuesday, July 9 said that police officers at the gate fired live ammunition at protesting members of the sect, killing two and one of their colleagues.

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