Blockade of National Assembly a breach of Constitution, says Olu Falae

The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Olu Falae , has condemned Tuesday blockade of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services .

In a statement issued by the party National Publicity Secretary , Alfa Mohammed, on Tuesday in Abuja, Falae said the action breached the nation’ s constitution .

According to the statement, the incident was an open breach of the 1999 Constitution as amended , which enjoins separation of powers and independence of the legislature .

“ We are gradually being pushed to a state of anarchy due to the desperation of the government in power to force a change in the leadership of the Senate .

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“ This conduct amounts to assault on democracy, which we risked our lives and fought for.

“ It is also a declaration by government that we can all take the law into our own hands .”

The Federal Government has already dissociated itself from the blockade and sacked the erstwhile Director -General of the DSS , Lawal Daura , who authorised it without the prior knowledge of the presidency.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo also condemned the action as a “ gross violation of constitutional order , rule of law and all accepted notions of law and order .”

According to him , the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable .

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An Acting DG has been named for the agency. He is Mathew B. Seiyefa, from Bayelsa State.

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