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Police Avert Pro, Anti-Saraki Supporters Clash In NASS

Posted: Apr 28, 2016 at 8:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Rotimi Akinwumi
But for the timely intervention of security operatives, supporters of Bukola Saraki, Senate President,  would have clashed with members of Citizens United for Peace and Stability organisers of the “Occupy National Assembly” at the main gate of the assembly complex on Thursday.
The Pro-Saraki group armed with banners and posters with various inscriptions such as “Saraki will not resign”, Saraki will remain Senate President”, “Leave Saraki alone”, “APC save our party, save National Assembly”, and “Stop witch-hunting Saraki”, among others were seen dancing towards the tent of the anti-saraki group who were quietly seated under their canopy.
But the security operatives made up of a combined team of the Police Force and those of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), sensing the possibilities of a clash ensuing as the pro-Saraki group taunted the anti-saraki group, quickly moved in and created a human wall between the two camps.
Speaking with newsmen, Mr. Ohazuruike Tochukwu, the leader of the Pro-Saraki group who is  a legal practitioner said they were in the National Assembly to draw the attention of Nigerians to the alleged injustice being perpetrated against the Senate President Bukola Saraki through the judiciary.
He also took a swipe at the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari which, he said, should rather face the economic problems bedeviling the nation and leave Saraki alone.
He said further that should the president fail within seven days to address the biting economic hardship across the country, the fuel scarcity and the unemployment crisis, they will move to the Presidential Villa and occupy it the way the anti-Saraki protesters are doing to National Assembly.
The anti-Saraki protesters have laid siege to the national Assembly since Tuesday, disrupting free movement of vehicles.
His words: “We want to let you know that Nigerians demand execution of campaign promises and not persecution of perceived enemies. We want to let you know that we stand for fairness and justice,  autonomy to all arms of government.
“We stand for accountability, and transparency by all public office holders, and that we stand with Saraki and the National Assembly and demand that the executive should desist from impunity that led to the unpopularity of the last government.”