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.