- The siege by masked men of the Department of State Security (DSS) continues to generate reactions across the country
- Prominent Nigerians have condemned the action by the security outfit, saying their conduct portends danger for Nigeria's democracy
- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state described the incident as an act of impunity
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has condemned the police and DSS invasion of the National Assembly on Tuesday, August 7, urging all patriots to resist what he describes as impunity.
The governor used the opportunity to call on patriotic Nigerians to resist any assault on the country's democracy.
“I condemn police invasion of the National Assembly and urge patriotic Nigerians to reject this impunity which is an assault on our democracy. We cannot afford to remain the laughing stock of the world,” Governor Ortom said.
The governor insists that the action of the security operatives has made the country a laughing stock and is capable of degenerating into lawlessness.
He said there are rules and procedures as well as constitutional provisions that govern the conduct of the business of the National Assembly and that any attempt to break them is condemnable.
According to him, a similar breach of democratic norms is also happening in the Benue state House of Assembly, stressing that if it is tolerated at the highest level, the impunity would spread across the country.
The governor wondered why the federal government sees nothing wrong with those defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), but is bent on persecuting those leaving the ruling party.
He described the action of the security agencies as an infringement on the fundamental right of freedom of association of Nigerians, which he said, must be resisted.
He noted that the presidency denied any role in the Benue saga but did not follow up with any sanctions for those responsible, making the denial suspect.
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Similarly, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has condemned the siege on the National Assembly by the DSS, urging Nigerians to rise up against the growing dictatorship of the federal government.
Governor Wike declared that the action of the government is condemnable and has the capacity to truncate the nation's democracy.
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