By: Joy Odor) Abuja
Senate has called on the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr. Muhammad Adamu to beef up security around the National Assembly complex following Tuesday’s attack on the legislature by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, popularly known as Shi’ite over the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Members of the group had in their hundreds protested to the National Assembly for its long silence over the matter, but turned bloody after alleged attempt by the security agents to prevent them gain entry.
The ensued confrontation later led to the shooting of two policemen, burning and damaging of cars belonging to staffers and visitors.
One of the protesters reportedly died from a gunshot wound and several others sustained different degrees of injuries.
Addressing journalists yesterday over the development, the Senate spokesman, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye (APC Ekiti South) condemned the action of the Islamic group and called on the IGP to fish out the perpetrators.
Adeyeye, who said attack is already being investigated by the police, described the National Assembly as a sacred institution of government and must therefore be respected by every Nigerian, irrespective of status.
He said: “The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria condemn in its entirety, the desecration of the sacred National Legislative Institution of Nigeria on Tuesday by the members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) with its forceful invasion into the premises.
“The unruly mob overpowered the security apparatus of the National Assembly through its main entrance known as MOPOL Gate. They forcefully seized one of the security operatives’ gun, shot two security personnel, unleashed terror on others, vandalised the gate, and burnt three vehicles of innocent individuals, while many other cars were equally vandalised.
“This unwarranted affront on the Federal Parliament led to abrupt adjournment of the House of Representatives plenary.
“Although, the Inspector-General of Police has ordered speedy and diligent investigation into this unfortunate and unwarranted desecration of the Federal Legislative house, the Senate hereby urge all law enforcement agencies to rise up to their hiding and urgently fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act with the law taking its full course.
“It should be drummed into the ears of perpetrators of this heinous act that the National Assembly is a place of serenity and sacred legislative and deliberative institution which should be respected and allowed to concentrate on her mandate of legislation for good governance, security and peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.
“While the National Assembly is a public place for Nigerians, citizens must follow proper channels and protocols if they have causes to access its premises.
“Senate hereby calls for security beef up within the National Assembly and other institutions henceforth.”