Siege of the National Assembly;President should immediately institute a judicial panel of inquiry

The senate president Bukola Saraki has called on President Buhari to institute an independent judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the siege on the National Assembly by operatives of the DSS on incident that took place last Tuesday.

Saraki describing the act as another brazen display of penchant for abuse of powers and sabotage of government.The 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’.

It ws reported that two lawmakers, Senator Rafiu Adebayo and Senator Isa Misau who are supporters of Saraki, instituted the fresh court action marked FHC/ABJ/CS/872/2018 before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday against Attorney-General of the Federation, the police, the Department of State Services.

Adebayo and Misau, who represent Kwara-South and Bauchi-Central senatorial districts urged the court to determine whether the Senate President could be said to have vacated his office by virtue of Section 50(2) of the constitution when he had not ceased to be a member of the Senate or the Senate dissolved.

The Lawmakers also want the court to determine whether Saraki can be compelled to vacate his office on the grounds that he is not a member of the political party with a majority of senators in the Senate in view of the combined reading of Section 50 of the constitution and Order 3 Rule 8 of the Senate Standing Orders, punch report.

The plaintiffs asked for an order of interlocutory injunction stopping the IG and the DSS from harassing, intimidating, arresting or detaining the President of the Senate in respect of the lawful exercise of his duties pursuant to Section 50(1) of the constitution and another order directing parties in the case to maintain status quo pending the determination of the substantive matter.

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