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National Assembly: Presidency condemns DSS blockade, vows to sanction culprits

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said the takeover of the National Assembly by the secret service (DSS) was a serious violation of the Nigerian Constitution.

Osinbajo, who fired DSS boss Lawal Daura in the wake of the blockade, said the Presidency never authorised the unlawful siege.

“Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has described the unauthorised takeover of the National Assembly complex earlier today as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all acceptable notions of law and order,” Osinbajo’s media aide Laolu Akande said in a statement.

“According to him, the unlawful act, which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency, is condemnable and completely unacceptable.

“By this statement, Professor Osinbajo is consequently assuring Nigerians that all persons within the law enforcement apparatus who participated in this travesty will be identified and subjected to appropriate disciplinary action,” he said.

Osinbajo is Acting President due to the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is vacationing in London.

Critics had accused Buhari of travelling to London to allow the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) collude with security operatives to deal with political opponents. APC denied the allegation.

It is not clear if Buhari approved of Osinbajo’s action. But the Acting President do have constitutional powers to fire Daura.

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