Saraki calls for independent judicial panel to investigate NASS siege

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he senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has once again called on President Muhammadu Buhari to institute an independent judicial panel of inquiry to look into the assault by the Department of State Services (DSS) operatives on the national assembly on Tuesday, August 7.

It would be recalled that on that day, masked DSS operatives barricaded the entrance to the national assembly for hours and stopped anyone from accessing the parliament building.

Saraki, who repeated the call on Tuesday via his twitter handle said: “The very serious questions about last Tuesday’s siege on the National Assembly can only be answered through a thorough and neutral investigation. I call on Mr. President to immediately institute an independent judicial panel of inquiry to look into that assault on our democracy.”

Also making a case for instituting the enquiry, the chairman, senate committee on navy, Mr. Isa Misau, saying any other investigation would be seen as biased and flawed in the eyes of Nigerians and the international community.

“In this regard, we hereby reiterate the call for independent judicial panel of inquiry into the invasion. Any other such investigation into the matter would constitute another attempt by these same people to present a biased perspective to the assault on our nation’s democracy and its highest lawmaking body,” he said.

Misau also reacted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) statement that debunked the allegations credited to the senior special assistant to the president on political affairs, Babafemi Ojudu that the EFCC was working in tandem with Saraki.

Misau said that both the All Progressives Congress (APC), the chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Ojudu, were spinning the same conspiracy theory to hide the lack of coordination and discipline amongst the security agencies.

“The EFCC’s statement confirms our immediate reaction that both Ojudu and Oshiomhole have been reading from the same conspiracy script.

“Nigerians find it unthinkable that (Ibrahim) Magu that the senate refused to confirm — whose EFCC has also prosecuted Saraki for over three years at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) would now turn around and start working for this same Saraki. How is this possible?

“These people think that they can just wake up, think up conspiracy theories and try to sell it to Nigerians, but the public is smarter and more discerning than their shallow fictitious narratives.

“In any case, shouldn’t they be ashamed to even claim that the entire internal security institutions in the country are working for someone else other than the person that appointed them?

“Additionally, at what point did they decipher this? Was it before the siege on the National Assembly or after? “What this goes to show is that in their desperate bid to blame someone else for their crime and incompetence, these people no longer have a sense of shame,” he said.

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