* Protesters storm NASS, demand return of SUVs

A group, `Occupy National Assembly’, stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

Members of the group wore green and white T-shirts, carrying placards with various inscriptions: “Legislators, stop budget-padding,” “Return exotic cars,” “Saraki must go,” “Enough is enough,” among others.

One of the leaders of the group, Sadiq Jidda, told newsmen that based on all the allegations against Saraki, it was high time he resigned.

Jidda said they were not happy with the National Assembly in the area of lawmaking.

He also complained about the salaries, allowances and constituency projects of the legislators.
“What does a legislator have to do with projects? We are gathered here to occupy the National Assembly.

“Senate President should resign, his integrity is in question and he has been indicted.
“Yes, he has not been convicted, but his integrity is in question,” he said.

 Femi Falana was at the #OccupyNASS
Femi Falana was at the #OccupyNASS

However, some other members of the group said they were not only demanding Saraki’s resignation, but were protesting many other issues in the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, a pro-Saraki group ‘Save Nigeria Group’ insisted that it was not necessary for Saraki to resign.

Leader of the group, Mr Solomon Adodo, said those calling for Saraki’s resignation did not mean well for the country.
To prevent the two groups from gaining entry into the complex, security agencies closed the gate.
The gate remained closed while the protests lasted.

In a related development, the leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, said on Tuesday, that no amount of protest would force any legislator to resign.

Ndume was reacting to a protest by ‘Occupy National Assembly’ group, calling for the resignation of the Senate President, Dr Saraki.
Ndume stressed that there was a democratic process of recalling any senator, adding that protest was not the constitutionally recognised process.

He described the protest as a “wrong precedence and anti-democratic.

“I contested to represent Borno South. I did not force myself on my people and, therefore, somebody out there, especially the one that did not elect me, cannot force me out, because I didn’t come in by force.

“You occupy NASS to do what, to be leader or to be senator? It does not work that way,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the protesters stormed the National Assembly to demand the resignation of Saraki.
The protesters also called on the legislators to conclude all issues on the 2016 budget, return their luxury cars and cut their N115 billion budget.

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