The barricade entrance into the National Assembly complex in Abuja has been finally thrown open by the combined contigents of the DSS and Nigeria police operatives, World Street Journal can authoritatively report.
Some senators and members of the House of Representatives sighted going into their offices around 8:15 a.m..
The National Assembly was in the early hours of Tuesday cordoned off by officers of the State Security Services in an alleged move by some senators to remove the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The officers. who said their actions are ‘order from above’ initially denied lawmakers entrance into the National Assembly.
The lawmakers were later allowed to enter the chamber.
For days, speculation have been on, on the appropriateness of Saraki as Senate President, having defected from the ruling APC to the PDP.
Some APC senators are of the opinion that Saraki should resign his position on the argument that the Senate should be presided over by a lawmaker from majority party. The APC is still believed to have a slight majority in the Senate.
However, PDP senators and others loyal to Saraki vowed to resist any attempt to remove him.
Senators Ben Murray Bruce, Biodun Olujimi, Rafiu Ibrahim, Isa Misau, Abdullahi Gumel all entered the premises. Some members of the House of Representatives also entered.
Impeccable sources disclosed to WSJ that government’s decision to direct the security operatives to ‘step down action’ might not be connected with the threat by the senator representing Bayelsa Central, Ben Murray-Bruce that US and other European countries have been contacted to revoke the visa granted key government officials in the Buhari administration.
It was gathered that the threat prompted the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to direct the DSS boss, Daura to relax the grip hold onthe NASS complex. It was learnt that top government officials were apprehensive of the international embarrassment such action would bring to the country and president Buhari if allowed to happen.
Murray-Bruce said, “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 added that the embassies has swiftly responded by requesting for the names of the affected people who were deemed to be anti-democratic in their actions with a view to truncating the Nigeria’s nascent democracy.