Siege on Ekiti Assembly: Reps summon DSS director-general

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The House of Representatives has directed the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Lawan Musa Daura, to appear before it within 48 hours to explain reasons for the DSS’s invasion of the Ekiti State House of Assembly complex.

The directive followed a motion filed the minority leader of the house, Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta).

Ogor lamented that the action of the security outfit was in “clear violation of the provisions of the constitution”.

The lawmaker, who brought the issue under matters of urgent national importance, said the siege on the complex was “unacceptable” and goes to demonstrate interference of an arm of government.

“If somebody violates the law “and nothing is done, it gives him the privilege to move forward,” he said.

“Therefore, it is important that we summon the Director-General of the DSS to explain where the agency derived its powers to invade and destabilize the activities of the House.

“It is important to respect the rule of law and the sanctity of this institution must remain sacrosanct.”

After the motion was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers, speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara referred the matter to public safety and intelligence committee for further works.

Ogor, who came under matters of urgent national importance, said the invasion by the agency to the Assembly complex was “unacceptable” and goes to demonstrate interference of an arm of government.

“If somebody violates the law,” Ogor told the House, “and nothing is done, it gives him the privilege to move forward.

“Therefore, it is important that we summon the Director-General of the DSS to explain where the agency derived its powers to invade and destabilize the activities of the House.

“It is important to respect the rule of law and the sanctity of this institution must remain sacrosanct.”

After the motion was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers, speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara referred the matter to public safety and intelligence committee for further works.

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