European Union speaks on DSS blockade of National Assembly

European Union speaks on DSS blockade of National Assembly

- The European Union (EU) has spoken on the recent siege laid to the National Assembly by the officers of the DSS

- EU declared that the security agencies must be fair and professional in their conduct

- The union also speaks about 2019 general elections as it calls on all stakeholders to make the election free and fair

The European Union (EU) on Thursday, August 9, expressed serious concerns over the siege laid to the National Assembly by the officers of the DSS, warning law enforcement agencies against partisan use of state resources.

The organisation in a statement said: “The EU Heads of missions have noted with concern recent examples of interference in the democratic process by law enforcement services the most recent case being the barring of access to the National Assembly on August 7.

“The EU is fully committed to supporting democracy in Nigeria, and it commends the federal government’s swift action to protect the independence of the National Assembly as a critical pillar of democracy.

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”While weighing in on Thursday, the EU emphasised that security agencies must be fair and professional in their conduct, especially against the backdrop of upcoming elections.

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“The upcoming general elections in 2019 are vital in ensuring national stability, peace and prosperity for all Nigerians.

‘’It is for the Nigerian people to decide the outcome of the elections, and the EU calls upon all stakeholders in Nigeria to play their part so that voters can make their decision through a free, fair, credible and peaceful election process.”

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, claimed that the siege laid to the National Assembly by the officers of the DSS, reached him as a surprise.

Idris made this known after a closed-door meeting with the acting president Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The police boss added that the NASS situation was not an attack on democracy. It was learnt that Idris said the Nigeria Police Force was not involved in the siege.

According to him, “Obviously, like I said, I have not got a detailed brief on that. In fact we are going to issue a press release on that.’’

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