The Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that he got a report from the Department of State Services (DSS) that the National Assembly had a threat.
This was disclosed in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi, who said Lawan spoke at an emergency meeting of the Senate leadership with top security officials at the National Assembly Abuja.
The senate president who said it was time the National Assembly became secured, called on security agencies to tighten security against any form of threat.
At the meeting, Lawan said: “Personally, I have a report from the Department of State Services (DSS) that we had a security threat. Many unknown and uninvited people came or are coming into the National Assembly complex and we felt we shouldn’t take this lightly.
“From today, we have to find temporary solutions to support the security arrangement here. We will find a more permanent solution by the time the entire environment is remodelled.”
“We are working hard; we are working round the clock. We have a very active ad hoc committee that is already engaging with the security agencies.
“As principal officers of the National Assembly, or let me say in the Senate, in this respect, our responsibility and obligation is to ensure that our senators, members of the House of Representatives, workers of the National Assembly, our visitors and indeed all those who have a lawful business to do in this National Assembly are safe.
Speaking further, Lawan said for a long time people have always come into the National Assembly despite having no business there.
“With the heightening insecurity in the country, the time has come for this National Assembly to be properly secured for its members to carry out their legislative and other functions under a very safe atmosphere.
“Of course, our workers and our visitors too. What that means is that if someone has no business here, that person shouldn’t be in the National Assembly.
“Because we are a parliament, we are a place or an institution where our constituents who feel very strongly about any issue can come and express their opinions.
“Some will come for protests; some will attend public hearings in the committee rooms. Some will visit the gallery; or, in some cases, even enter the chamber when allowed to do so.
“So, we want everybody, as far as the security of this National Assembly complex is concerned, to be at his place. Those who work here directly with us, the security agencies know what we are talking about.”From the gate, people who shouldn’t be here at all, find themselves in. And then people come in, moving from one office to another, looking for nothing because they have no appointment with anyone. Yet, they pass through all the security systems that we have in place,” he added.
Those at the meeting included the DSS Director-General and representatives of the Defence, the police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), fire service and other security agencies.
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