- There was a presence of heavy security at the National Assembly complex
- The security operatives were positioned to prevent Mohammed Ataba Sani-Omolori from gaining access to the complex
- Sani-Omolori is the embattled clerk of the National Assembly whose tenure ends in June 2021
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Mohammed Ataba Sani-Omolori, the embattled clerk of the National Assembly, was on Thursday, July 16, denied access into the NASS complex.
A heightened presence of security operatives was seen manning the assembly complex in a bid to prevent Sani-Omolori whose office has been placed under lock and key from gaining access.
According to the Nigerian Tribune, pictures of the embattled clerk have also been pulled down from the wall of the National Assembly where they were placed beside those of the Senate president Ahmed Lawan.
Omolori ran into trouble with the federal lawmakers after he was accused of not following due process in carrying out administrative duties as the chief accounting officer of the National Assembly.
The embattled clerk's tenure ends in June 2021 but he may be handed an inglorious exit having fallen down the pecking order with the power that be in the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Bukola Saraki, former Senate president and leader of the eighth National Assembly (NASS), has lamented how the role of the legislative arm is not yet fully appreciated in the world.
The former lawmaker, who spoke during the International Day of Parliamentarianism, on Tuesday, June 30, said the institution remained most "misunderstood" arm of government among youths.
According to him, the "false premise" of people on the efficiency of parliament is because it is the youngest of the three arms of government.
Saraki emphasised that the role of the lawmakers is vital towards upholding the principles of democracy.
The former Kwara state governor and chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also noted that the purpose of the legislature is to use the law to bring changes that promote and ensure people’s welfare and security.
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