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10 Aug 2018

FG wants to implicate me over DSS occupation of National Assembly, Saraki alleges

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has alleged plots to implicate him over Tuesday’s blockade of the National Assembly by men of the Department of State Services.

Referring to a joint statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu and Mr. Uche Anichukwu, aide to his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, the News Agency of Nigeria quotes Saraki as alleging that the plot was to also implicate other Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers, including Ekweremadu.

He said the Presidency had constituted a panel to review Police report and submit a final recommendation, adding that information available to them indicated that there were attempts to implicate them.
Saraki said, “They want to shield the fact that the previous night before the invasion and up till the early hours of Tuesday, there was a meeting of the All Progressives Congress senators.

“And that the plan was for them to be moved in a Coaster bus into the National Assembly complex 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 and hooded security operatives.

“Now, they want to turn the facts and blame us for their botched plot against democracy.

“We hereby reiterate our earlier position that the coup against democracy as shown 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,” he stated.

Saraki added that his group had also uncovered a plot in which the government planned to use anti-graft and security agencies to incarcerate them and some members of their families as from next week.

This, he said, was all in a bid to break their will and effect their removal.

(NAN)

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