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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Saraki seeks special protection for Senators over assassination attempts

Saraki seeks special protection for Senators over assassination attempts

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that the upper chamber is working on a strategy to protect its members, against rising cases of assassination attempts.

Saraki was speaking against the backdrop of the alleged attempt on Senator Dino Melaye’s life and the raid of Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje.

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The Senate President stated this on Thursday, at the inauguration of an ad-hoc committee, investigating the alleged attempted assassination on Melaye.

Represented by the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, Saraki said: “The 1999 Constitution guarantees every Nigerian the right to life. Like every Nigerian, a Senator or member of the National Assembly deserves to be protected against infringement, threat and harassment.

“The reported incidence in Kogi State where armed assassins invaded the house of a sitting Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Dino Melaye with the intention of taking his life is frightening and must be fully investigated.”

Saraki added that effort must be made to “ensure that no Senator or member of the legislature is put in a position where he or she will feel his life is threatened in such a manner as to affect his judgment and thereby weaken hiss moral compass and ability to act without fear or favour.

“The investigation will seek to unearth the remote and immediate issues connected with, and leading to the ugly incident.”

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