NASS will not tolerate intimidation of members – Saraki

by on May 5, 2017
The Senate Presi­dent, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has warned that the National Assembly would no lon­ger tolerate the harass­ment and intimidation of its members by officials of other arms of govern­ment.
Saraki said that the Up­per House would take appropriate steps to guar­antee the maximum pro­tection of Senators and members of the House of Representatives.
At the inauguration of an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the alleged assassination attempt on Senator Dino Melaye and the raid of the home of Senator Danjuma Goje, Saraki declared that the Senate would not hesitate to invoke its legislative powers to deal with fur­ther cases of harassment and intimidation of the lawmakers.
Represented by the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, the Sen­ate President said that the investigation into the attempt to kill Melaye, must be properly handled to protect members of the National Assembly against infringement on their rights and threats.
Saraki said: “The 1999 Constitution guarantees every Nigerian the right to life. Like every Nigeri­an, a Senator or Member of the National Assembly deserves to be protected against infringement, threat and harassment.
“The reported inci­dence in Kogi State where armed assassins invaded the house of a sitting Sen­ator of the Federal Re­public of Nigeria, Senator Dino Melaye, with the in­tention of taking his life is frightening and must be fully investigated.
“This is to ensure that no Senator or member of the Legislature is put in a position where he or she will feel his life is threat­ened in such a manner as to affect his judgment and thereby weaken hiss moral compass and abil­ity to act without fear or favour,” he said.

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