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Attack on Senate: FG orders probe, expresses shock at breach of security

Attack on Senate: FG orders probe, expresses shock at breach of security

The Federal Government has directed Security Agencies to immediately unravel the circumstances surrounding the invasion of the National Assembly and subsequent snatching of the Senate mace by thugs on Wednesday.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the government was shocked at the breach of security and the invasion.

He said the security around the National Assembly complex would be reinforced to prevent a recurrence.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, had on Wednesday briefed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the forceful removal of the Senate mace by some hoodlums on Wednesday morning.

He was in company of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Ita Enang.

Ekweremadu told State House Correspondent that the briefing was aimed at preventing future occurrence of such act in the legislature to forestall breakdown of law and order.

According to the Deputy Senate President when such incidents occur it is imperative that the leadership of the National Assembly briefs the Presidency immediately.

He added that since Senate President, Bukola Saraki was out of the country, he had to brief Osinbajo as President Muhammadu  Buhari was attending the Commonwealth of States meeting in the United Kingdom.

“I came to brief the Vice President to ensure that there is law and order in the country.

“When there is this type of development it is important that he is briefed at the earliest opportunity.

“And he has sympathised with us over what happened and he is going to join forces with us to ensure that we get to the root of the matter and make sure this does not happen again,” he said.

According to him, the invasion of the Senate “is a threat to our democracy’’.

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