Security operatives take over National Assembly ahead of Reps’ sitting

Scores of State Security Service, SSS, personnel have taken over the National Assembly ahead of a crucial House of Representatives sitting today, in an enhanced security operations one official said is aimed at denying the speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, access to the complex.

Mr. Tambuwal’s spokesperson told PREMIUM TIMES the move might be aimed at stopping the speaker.

PREMIUM TIMES could not immediately verify that claim.

Mr. Tambuwal angered the ruling government of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by defecting to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

The speaker adjourned the House shortly after his defection on October 28, and announced a resumption schedule for December in what was believed an attempt to frustrate any move by his former party to unseat him.

The PDP has the majority in the House.

The House announced this week it will reconvene Thursday to discuss President Goodluck Jonathan’s request to extend emergency rule in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, where Boko Haram attacks have intensified.

Thursday’s plenary would be the first since Mr. Tambuwal’s defection.

On Tuesday, the Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, told PREMIUM TIMES his party, APC, expected the PDP to abide by a court ruling which that the status quo be maintained in the House, meaning the speaker retains his seat.

But early Thursday, a large contingent of SSS personnel took over the sprawling National Assembly complex and sealed off all entry points leaving only one open where everyone going in is thoroughly frisked and many, turned back.

The spokesperson for the Speaker, ‎Imam Imam, told PREMIUM TIMES that move is likely aimed at stopping Mr. Tambuwal from entering the assembly to preside as speaker.

“All the entrances are locked and only one gate is used and everyone is totally frisked before being allowed in‎ and only one person is allowed into the Assembly from any vehicle, others are asked to go back,” he said.

‎Mr. Imam however assured that Mr. Tambuwal will make it to the Assembly and preside over today’s sitting.

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  • elmok

    he who fetches a maggot infested firewood invites the lizard for a feast

  • TRUTH MASTER

    A lawless and feckless government, which ignores court rulings with impunity. APC was right to have organized a ‘Salvation Rally’ on Wednesday to protest this government’s impunity, among other things.

    Whether or not they succeed in removing Tambuwal as Speaker, this Administration will have egg on its face for its refusal to respect court rulings and for elevating might above common sense.

  • Dan Fulani

    We will soon see who owns this country, Edwin Clarks or People.

    • Aminu

      Creeks terrorist at the Villa,so whatelse are we expecting,time and resources allocated to intimidate the speaker could have been used to intimidate Shekau

  • dave

    This is the beginning of what to expect in 2015 elections.The armed forces are part of the ruling party.How far can PDP go,time will tell.

  • D-ONE

    its well! wich way naija!!!!! may god help us!!!!!!

  • Mr. Abdin

    IMPUNITY AT WORK THIS COUNTRY IS TOTALLY UPSIDE DOWN.

  • endingNaija

    President Goodluck Jonathan and his PDP are finished. This is a shame. My point is even if President Goodluck and his PDP want to impeach the speaker Mr. Tambuwal, should the house not be allowed to properly convene in order to impeach him legally? Why acting outside the law?

  • shamsuddeen

    what a country !!!. Jonathan is this the only way to stop Tambuwal. Please Mr president you are more than all this. what a crude atrocity, put your representatives together and lobby them to deal with the guy in the chambers not this way, this is un presidential.
    We take God beg you to stop this assault, deal with him in a civilised manner the way he dealt with you with out teargasing you. what the handlers of the president failed to understand is , in directly they are making the guy ( Tambuwal ) popular and attractive to the masses.
    Mr. President should find better and capable hands to deal with this situation, violence, use of tear gas and harassment will only make the opposition stronger and tilt the country to anarchy. Mr. president you have said in the past your ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian, this is a small problem if not well managed could lead to a big one tomorrow. Softly sofly softly o, Mr. president.

  • kammykazee

    Beginning of the end of the inept and clueless Jonathan , Dumbo Jo have pushed it too far, his government is now operating on self destructive mode, he may not live to answer to numerous crime he has committed. When your ultimate collapse comes, which is very imminent I will weep not for ye.

  • salako

    In the whole world this nonsense can only happen in nigeria and yet the same nonsense they call true democracy in nigeria. only God can save this country from this evil man.

  • Spoken word

    Any government that promotes lawlessness will eventually be consumed by it.