Benue Gov Condemns Invasion of N’Assembly by DSS

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    By George Okoh In Makurdi
    The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has condemned the police and the Department of State Services’ (DSS) invasion of the National Assembly on Tuesday even as he urged Nigerians to resist what he described as impunity.

    The governor insists that the action of the security operatives has made the country a laughing stock and is capable of degenerating into lawlessness.

    “I condemn police invasion of the National Assembly and urge patriotic Nigerians to reject this impunity which is an assault on our democracy. We cannot afford to remain the laughing stock of the world,” he stated.
    He said there are rules and procedures as well as constitutional provisions that govern the conduct of the business of the National Assembly, adding that any attempt to break them is condemnable.

    Ortom said a similar breach of democratic norms is also happening in the Benue State House of Assembly and stressed that if it is tolerated at the highest level, the impunity would spread across the country.

    He wondered why the federal government sees nothing wrong with those defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) but is bent on persecuting those leaving the ruling party.

    The governor described the action of the security agencies as an infringement on the fundamental right of freedom of association of Nigerians, which must be resisted.

    He noted that the Presidency had denied any role in the Benue saga but did not follow up with any sanctions to those responsible, making the denial suspect.