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Senate attack: Another lesson on our security structure, says Ekweremadu

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Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, said yesterday that the attack on the Senate on Wednesday was another lesson on the need to rethink the country’s security structure.

Speaking when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), which paid a solidarity visit to the Senate, Ekweremadu said: “It is an embarrassment to Nigeria before the international community for someone to drive all the way into the National Assembly Complex, enter the hallowed chamber and cart away its symbol of authority.

“It shows a breakdown of security and it is a setback to Nigeria’s drive for foreign investment, because no one would be ready to invest money in such a system. So, it is a lesson that we cannot keep doing the same thing with our security system and expect a different result.

“It is also an irony that the people involved would organise armed bandits to rob the Senate of its mace, since they understand the implication of what they have done.

“As a parliament, we will ensure that this does not happen again and insist that all the actors behind the drama are brought to book.”

He enjoined the association to help the country to rethink its governance and security structures, in line with other federal systems.

Meanwhile, leader of the delegation, who is also the President of the NPSA, Prof Aloysius-Michaels Okolie, said the association was at the National Assembly to solidarise with the Senate and condemn what happened.

He said: “Our association is non-partisan, but we must speak the truth, stand by the truth, and protect the truth.

“Any group or person that perpetrated what we saw live on national television needed to have his/her head examined. A normal person cannot come here and desecrate the National Assembly, let alone infringe on the mace. It was not really an assault on the National Assembly, but the entire people you have been mandated to represent.

“The desecration of this hallowed chamber is so grave an event that it calls for an immediate national action to avert a reoccurrence and to bring the culprits, whom we regard as bandits, to book.

“We are here to join other progressive forces in this country to demand justice. We demand the immediate prosecution of the actors involved. This matter goes beyond the cliché of being on top of the situation.

“We want to see people we put in this place as our representatives conduct their affairs in a manner devoid of any intimidation or any fear, so that the best will come out of this hallowed chamber.”

Okolie commended Ekweremadu and the Senate for the mature way the incident was handled, saying a serious crisis had been averted.


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