Presidency raises panel to review IGP’s report on NASS invasion

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The presidency has set up a panel to review the report by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, on the invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

In the report, which he sent to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, the IGP described the blockade of the National Assembly by the DSS officials as gross violation of the Nigerian Constitution.

Idris who accused the former DSS boss of working for some politicians in the country for selfish interest did not mention the names of the politicians Daura was working for.

He said Daura had in his confessional statement confessed to have being the brain behind the illegal siege of the National Assembly complex on the claims that he was working on intelligence reports that some persons were trying to smuggle arms and other dangerous weapons into the complex.

It was gathered yesterday that Acting President Osinbajo has directed that a panel be set up to look into the report with a view to ascertaining the authenticity or otherwise of Daura’s claim.

But Senate president Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday raised the alarm that the presidency was was planning to frame them up and their colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the IGP’s report on Tuesday’s invasion of the premises of the National Assembly by DSS operatives.

In a joint statement signed by their media aides, Yusuph Olaniyonu and Uche Anichukwu, the two Senate top shots stated that after receiving the interim report submitted by the IGP, the presidency yesterday constituted a closet panel to review the report and submit a final recommendation. The mandate of this closet panel, the two legislators stated, is to turn facts on their head and blame the invasion of the National Assembly on the two leaders of the red chamber who would then be presented as having worked in tandem with the sacked DSS boss, Daura, to orchestrate the parliamentary security breach.

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