Its one year now that the hallowed house of chamber was invaded by thugs with the mace taken away, the upper chamber and house of representative have concluded arrangement to take final decision on the unfortunate incident, Vanguard reports.
According to a source, the committee headed by Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, APC, Kebbi South had actually completed its work some months before,
just as it was also gathered that the House of Representatives counterpart that also looked into the matter, had also rounded off its assignment and that the delay in slating a date for consideration was due to challenges of elections and other national matters.
The source said, “Now, the two chambers have resolved to deal with the matter before the expiration of their tenure and that by next week, the report has to be debated.
The source with clear insights into the report said that some major gladiators were indicted in the report and that those indicted were recommended for punishment as contained in the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act,
which recommended a minimum of six months imprisonment for the obstruction of lawmakers in the performance of their legislative duties.
A source stated: “A number of lawmakers are angered that there should be no reward for those who have one way or the other linked to obstruction and invasion of the Assembly.
If charges are pressed against them, some of them could serve up to six years in prison, in accordance with the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act, which is in force.
“We have been told by some campaigners that certain persons have been pencilled in for the position of Deputy Senate President and other positions in the incoming Assembly.
The contention is that what kind of legislature are we building if we have to reward those who violated the chambers and the legislature and led the mace illegally out of the chambers.
It is already being canvassed that action should be taken on the respite now and the two chambers of the Assembly are in unison in this matter.”
Saraki during the inauguration had said, “The events of the 18th of April, 2018, will go down as one of the darkest days of our democracy. The precincts of the National Assembly is not just a place where the National Assembly meets, it is the symbol of our liberty and freedom from autocracy and the base of our democracy.
“This should not happen. It should never have happened. The violation of this solemn place, the symbol of our liberty to have a government by the representatives of our people for our people, by a group of mobsters and criminals cannot simply be ignored.
“It has been inferred in many quarters that this group of thugs and urchins were led by a serving distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (this) is most despicable and unspeakable.
“It is clear and remains the duty of the legislature acts, when faced with behaviours that undermine its fundamental integrity like this one, to restore the integrity of the institution.
We owe it as a duty not only to this present National Assembly but also those to precede it, that the legislative process is purged of this dirt and the legislature restored to its full place of dignity.
“This is a duty that must be achieved. We cannot let a precedence proceed from this. Everyone involved from conception to execution of this heinous crime must be brought to book.”
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