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Friday, 10 August 2018

Breaking: FG planning to twist facts to indict us over NASS invasion - Saraki, Ekweremadu allege

Breaking: FG planning to twist facts to indict us over NASS invasion - Saraki, Ekweremadu allege

- Senate president Saraki and his deputy, Ekweremadu, alleged that the federal goverment is planning to indict them over the siege on the National Assembly complex

- They alleged that the panel set up by the government is cooking up reports to implicate them as having worked with the exDG of DSS to stage the siege

- The legislators also claimed that the government is also plotting to use anti-graft and security agencies to harass them

Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, have raised the alarm that the federal government has commenced the execution of a plot to implicate them and their colleagues in the PDP for the recent invasion of the National Assembly by men of the DSS.

In a statement signed by their media aides, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Uche Anichukwu, the two legislative leaders stated that after receiving the interim report submitted by the inspector general of police, Idris Ibrahim, the presidency on Friday, August 10, constituted a closet panel to review the report and submit a final recommendation.

The mandate of this closet panel, the two legislators claimed, is to turn facts on the head and blame the invasion of the National Assembly on the two leaders of the Red Chamber of the National Assembly.

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They alleged that the closet panel is cooking up reports to implicate them as having worked in tandem with the sacked director general of the DSS, Lawal Daura, to stage the siege.

"We have been reliably informed that instead of the presidency to set up a public inquiry or judicial commission to probe last Tuesday's early morning Invasion of the National Assembly as being demanded by the general public, they have commenced a process of manipulation and fabrication.

"The presidency has set up a closet panel, which would work to a predetermined conclusion in which they will now claim that the Senate president and the deputy Senate president worked in collusion with ex-DG of DSS, Lawal Daura, to stage the invasion.

"They want to shield the fact that the previous night before the invasion and up till the early hours of Tuesday, August 7, there was a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators and that the plan was for them to be moved in a coaster bus into the National Assembly complex later that morning for them to purportedly remove us and select a new Senate president and deputy Senate president.

"Their plot only failed because the media, particularly social media, Nigerians and international community responded very swiftly as some legislators who came into the complex were refused entry by gun-wielding, hooded security operatives.

"Now, they want to turn the facts on its head and blame us for their botched plot against democracy. We are hereby alerting all Nigerians and members of the international community that the present Nigerian government will stop at nothing to destroy, suppress and incapacitate the opposition. This is their new tactic and plot as we approach the period of the 2019 polls.

"We hereby reiterate our earlier position that the coup against democracy as represented by last week’s invasion must be probed through an independent judicial commission of inquiry which will produce a comprehensive report. We reject any manipulated and fabricated investigation,” Saraki and Ekweremadu said in the joint statement.

The presiding officers further alleged that they have also uncovered a sinister plot in which the government plans to use the anti-graft and security agencies to incarcerate them and some members of their families from next week, all in a bid to break their will and effect their removal.

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Ujuayalogu'sBlog previously reported that chairmen and leaders of 45 political parties on Thursday, August 9, raised alarm over alleged plans to impeach Saraki and speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

They raised the alarm during a solidarity visit to Saraki in Abuja in connection to blockade of the National Assembly by security operatives.

Speaking on behalf of the party leaders, national chairman of National Unity Party (NUP), Perry Opara, also alleged that they had privileged information of secret moves to freeze Saraki’s bank accounts.

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