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Police Take Over National Assembly Complex, Prevent Staff, Others from Access

Operatives of the Nigerian Force (NPF) have taken over the , preventing staff, journalists and others from entering the complex.

The police who took strategic positions from the State House entrance, turned back whoever dared to enter the gate of the legislative premises.

The lock down follows a directive by the leadership of the National Assembly who asked the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police to secure the chamber for plenary.

The move, according to a statement by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori is to “enable members and staff come in and perform their legitimate duties without any hinderance.”

Recall that staff of the National Assembly under the umbrella body of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) on Monday prevented staff of the complex from working in protest of what they called poor working conditions.

A similar protest was held two weeks ago when the workers demanded pay rise, promotions trainings among other things.

The Monday protest follows a four-day warning strike that commenced on Monday.

The strike may affect President Muhammadu Buhari’s presentation of the 2019 Appropriation Bill to the joint National Assembly on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, hundreds of staff of the assembly were seen in front of the complex stranded.

However reports emerged that the House of Representatives plenary has commenced. It is being presided by the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun at 12:11pm with just few members present.

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Farouk Mohammed is a Senior Editor at Okay Nigeria (Okay.ng). He has been publishing for 5 years and focused more on Local/World News on Okay.ng

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