Jiti Ogunye, an attorney, and Principal Counsel of Jiti Ogunye Chambers says the Department of State Services (DSS), “owe Nigerians an explanation” for invading the National Assembly on Tuesday, August 7.
Political Stew recalls that the National Assembly was taken over by DSS operatives, supported by officers of the Nigeria Police Force, earlier Tuesday, amidst allegations that there was an attempt to forcibly remove Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki from office.
The security operatives initially blocked scores of senators and members of the House of Representatives from entering into the National Assembly premises, but all of them were later allowed to move in after threatening to force their way in.
DSS operatives also blocked all other staff members of the National Assembly, including the clerk of the parliament, as well as journalists and other independent observers of the legislative process.
Apparently displeased with the move, House of Representatives member representing Rivers State Asalga/Akulga constituency, Boma Goodhead, on Tuesday morning, lashed out at masked operatives of the DSS barricading the gate into the National Assembly complex.
The furious Rivers State Asalga/Akulga lawmaker asked the masked operatives to open the gate of the assembly, lamenting that “enough is enough”.
Goodhead furthered: “Go back to your station, you cannot come here and embarrass us and also oppress us here”.
Like Goodhead, Civil Society groups staged a protest to force the security agencies to back down, but they declined.
Nigerians responded to the development with #SaveOurDemocracy on the micro-blogging site, Twitter. The development was widely condemned too by opposition politicians, including Atiku Abubakar and several state governors, who warned against the use of security agents as repressive tools against an independent arm of government.
Similarly, Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who was called on to act to check the excesses of security agencies, responded by summoning Lawal Daura, the head of SSS, and Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
The DSS DG was summarily dismissed and asked to hand over to the most-senior official behind him, a situation which led to the emergence of Matthew B. Seiyefa as the new Director General.
Reacting to the development on Tuesday evening, Ogunye, who appeared on “Political Stew“, a live political talk show on Television Continental anchored by Sulaiman Aledeh, stressed that sacking the DSS DG was not “enough”.
“The DSS owe Nigerians a narrative, an explanation”, Ogunye said on Political Stew, adding that “it is not just enough for the Acting President to wheel the big stick and all that” but that the DSS must “give us an explanation otherwise this kind of thing will not stop”, Ogunye lamented.
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