Senate Shut Down As Police Isolate Ekweremadu, Saraki (Details)
The Nigerian Senate seems to be temporarily shut down as Policemen have reportedly besieged the residence of the Senate leadership. According to Punch, Security operatives besieged the Maitama, Abuja residence of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki as early as 7 am and blocked his convoy as he was set to honor the police invitation at the force headquarters. Also, a combined team of Police, DSS, and EFCC also stormed the Apo Legislative Quarters of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who is expected to preside at the Senate in the absence of Saraki.
The Special Adviser to the deputy senate president, Uche Anichukwu, confirmed the development. He said, “The Operatives from the DSS, EFCC and some policemen in their scores have barricaded the residence of Senator Ekweremadu at his Apo legislative quarters. He is preparing to preside over the Senate in the absence of the Senate President who has been invited by the police.” An aide of the Senate President who refused to be quoted said, “The siege is still on as of 8:30 am when I got there and I can not even confirm the whereabouts of my boss at the moment. ”
The implication of both actions is that the Senate will not sit today if the two presiding officers were not still deprived of their freedom of movement or arrested before plenary which starts at 9am.