- Kaduna senator Shehu Sani described the invasion of the Senate by suspected hoodlums as an attempted coup d’état
- The Kaduna state lawmaker said the invasion by the hoodlums is an assault on democracy
- Sani commended his colleagues and members of the House of Reps for their roles in defending democracy
Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central, has described the invasion of the Senate chamber on Wednesday, April 18, by suspected hoodlums as an attempted coup d’état.
Sani was present at the Upper legislative chambers when hoodlums forcefully entered and went away with the mace.
The lawmaker in a statement on his Facebook page said the incident is an assault on democracy and a desecration of an institution of democracy.
He said: “The armed invasion of the senate stands condemned.Its treasonable,an attempted coup d etat .Its an assault on democracy and a desecration of an institution of democracy.
Those who sanctioned,organized and supported this will someday do that to the Presidency or the judiciary. I salute the courage of those senators who heed to our call to stand firm and defend the parliament and democracy.
We appreciate the solidarity of members of House of Representatives. We salute the courage of supporting staff of the senate chambers who fell victims of the armed invaders."
In a related development former senator, Joseph Waku, expressed similar view as that of the Kaduna lawmaker. He said the invasion is a coordinated action aimed at violating the Senate, adding that Nigeria is gradually becoming a totalitarian state.
“The armed invasion is a dangerous precedent for this and future generations of Nigerians. If this can happen to the Senate it can happen to the President, the Presidency and the Judiciary.
“Nigeria is gradually sliding into a totalitarian state.The inferno of violence has moved from the hinterlands to the heights of constitutional authority. The armed invasion is a well coordinated action aimed (at) violating and incinerating the parliament," he added.
The suspended senator from Delta state believed to have led the hoodlums, Ovie Omo-Agege, has denied any responsibility for the action.
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Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that protesters stormed the Senate chamber on Wednesday, April 18, and stole the mace.
The protesters were said to be supporters of a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV. The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.
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