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National Assembly under siege as Saraki, Dogara get locked up

16 November 2016, 14:44

Abuja - The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, including all other lawmakers were locked up in National Assembly, as protesters shut down the Assembly complex, Daily Times reports.

The aggrieved protesters were demanding for the following: ‎Legislators budget must be opened, all arms of government must join Treasury Single Account, TSA, abolishment of the joint account between States and Local Government, the immediate stoppage of the amendment of the Code of Coduct Bureau, CCB, and Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Act.

Others include; Removal of Immunity Clause for criminal matters as it affects the President, Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governors. ‎Stoppage of allowances giving, for constituency projects and budget frauds, introduction of death penalty for political corrupt person and the adoption of the Uni-cameral system of legislation.

‎Visitors after being incarcerated for hours, ‎were diverted to the Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation, SGF, alternative route.

Security operatives, mainly the Nigerian Police were however drafted to the area in a bid to maintain law and order.

Meanwhile the Senate on Tuesday returned the list of the  non-career ambassadorial nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation and approval according to News24.

The Senate rejected the list because its composition ran foul of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The Senate urged Buhari to resubmit the list at a later date.

- News 24


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