NASS to arm sergeant-at-arms personnel, calls for overhaul of its security

2018 Budget
National Assembly

Oladisun Amosun

As a fall-out of the Senate Mace-Abduction saga, the National Assembly is to provide arms for its Sergeant-At-Arm personnel to boost security and forestall any such further attacks.

Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu made this known Tuesday when he appeared before the joint ad-hoc committee on the invasion of the National Assembly by hoodlums last month who forcefully took away the Mace from the Senate chamber in Abuja.

Senator Ekweremadu said the National Assembly would soon propose a bill seeking to arm Sergeant-at-arm personnel as a means against similar invasion and any such eventuality.

Senator Ekweremadu described the incident as a frontal attack on democracy and as such required emergency remedy.

He expressed concern about the porosity of the National Assembly as well as the docile nature of various security agencies in the complex and called for an overhaul of entire security structure within the NASS complex.

The deputy senate president insisted that to effectively avart similar security lapses, sergeant-at-arm must be properly kitted.

Senator Ike Ikweremadu raised questions on the use of women as sergeant-at-arm to in the chambers, adding that he looked forward to a situation where energetic young men would be assigned to take charge of the chambers’ gates.

Earlier, committee chairman Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah said it is saddled with the responsibility of investigating and ascertaining the veracity of the invasion and recommend to the National Assembly the way forward.

Our national Assembly correspondent reports that the deputy Senate President had earlier in camera, allegedly indicted some lawmakers of roles played in the carting away of the Mace by the said hoodlums.

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