By Ehi Ekhator
The move to impeach the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki thickens on Tuesday as officers of the State security Services sealed off the National Assembly.
Initially, the lawmakers were denied access into the National Assembly as directed from above (Aso Rock).
“We got here this morning to go into our office as usual; I work very early. During recess, we do committee works and our own writings. I’m writing a book, so I go in there almost every day,” Rafiu Ibrahim, a senator from Kwara State said.
“We got here and DSS has taken over all the gates, all entrances to the National Assembly and they said it’s ordered from above. We asked them why they said there is no reason. As it is today, it means Nigeria is under siege.” Ben Murray-Bruce, PDP-Bayelsa, also condemned the situation.
“It has come to our attention that our colleagues cannot go to work after we adjourned for recess.
“I have contacted the UK and US Embassy to revoke the visa of Senator Akpabio or anybody leading this assault on this institution. We will ask them to revoke the visas of their wives and that of their children. They will not be allowed to leave Nigeria to travel to any nation in western Europe and North America,” he said.
Both senators, like others, were later allowed into the Senate.
After about an hour inside, Ben Murray-Bruce came out to address journalists.
He said the chamber is still locked because National Assembly staff are denied entrance.
He added that only PDP Senators are inside the Senate chamber thus confirming that APC senators are yet to converge at the chamber.
Speculations have been flying around for days over the All Progressives Congress (APC) plan to remove the Senate President after his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
NAIJA CENTER NEWS reported on Monday that Saraki called an emergency meeting of the leaders of the National Assembly and one of the discussion was his alleged plans to unseat him.
Some members of the APC believe that Saraki should tender his resignation on the argument that it is not proper for him to preside over lawmakers from the majority party.
The APC is still believed to have slightly the highest number in the Senate which make its members the Majority.
As expected, members loyal to the Senate President has vowed to resist all attempts by the Federal Government to remove their boss.
Premium Times has quoted the leader of the masked SSS team at the National Assembly entrance as saying that the siege was “an order from above
“We need more guns, send us more guns,” the officer, who wore no name tag, was heard shouting openly as National Assembly staff and journalists at the gate watched.
Meanwhile, the operation is solely carried out by the SSS as the Policemen at the Assembly are completely left in the dark.
A Policeman who spoke to newsmen said “I don’t know what is happening. I’m seeing it just like you and I’m surprised. ”
Meanwhile, a Clerk to the National assembly who identified himself as Mohammed Sani-Omolari has refused to enter the Assembly Complex in protest of the DSS presence who refused to allow members access.