- Protesters in Lagos trooped out, despite the rain, to register their dissatisfaction over the recent invasion of the National Assembly
- The protesters described the invasion as an attack on the institution of democracy in Nigeria
- They called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to immediately constitute a judicial panel to unravel the masterminds of the invasion
Hundreds of protesters led by the Campaign for Democracy and the coalition of civil society groups on Monday, August 13, trooped out to protest the recent siege on the National Assembly by men of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The protesters chanting solidarity and pro-democracy songs marched through the Obafemi Awolowo Way Ikeja under heavy downpour to the Lagos state House of Assembly, Vanguard reports.
Speaking through their leaders, Comrade Olufemi Lawson of the Campaign for Democracy and Omotaje Saint Jericho, the protesters described the siege on the National Assembly by men of the DSS as an attack on democracy and an attempt to force a civilian “coup” on the country and abort the peaceful democratic institutions in the country.
They asserted that the legislature is the only institution in the arms of government that distinguishes a democracy from other forms of government as other arms of government are often in existence, even in a military rule.
They further said that just as in the days of the military rule, the civil society shall do all that is necessary for the interest of the defence of democracy and their protest will spread across the country to forestall any other attempt to challenge the democratic institutions for selfish partisan reasons.
The group asked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to immediately constitute a judicial panel to unravel the masterminds of the siege on the National Assembly and bring whosoever is found culpable to justice without any delay.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, the inspector general of Police, wrote a letter to Osinbajo seeking permission to search the residence of Lawal Daura, the sacked director general of the DSS.
In the letter titled “Interim investigation report on criminal conspiracy to wit trespass, intimidation and unlawful invasion of National Assembly complex with intent likely to cause breach of public peace”, Idris also recommended that the DSS operatives who took part in the siege on the National Assembly, be released for questioning by the police.
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