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Masked operatives take over security at national assembly complex
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Masked operatives take over security at national assembly complex

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Security at the National Assembly complex has been heightened with gun-bearing and masked operatives of the Department State Services (DSS) seen manning strategic locations within the parliament building especially the entrance into the lobby and Senate chamber where the mace was stolen two weeks ago.

Police personnel have also been increased and were seen at different areas supporting Sergeant-at-arms personnel in the screening of workers and visitors to the White House and other entry points of the National Assembly.

Senators were being asked to go into the main entrance or White House building of the National Assembly with only one aide while all others were asked by security personnel to go directly to their offices using other entry points rather than accompanying the lawmakers to either the Senate or House chamber.

The armed and masked personnel, bearing Tavor assault rifles, are said to be deployed by the DSS as part of the new security measures at the National Assembly complex announced by Senate President Bukola Saraki during plenary last week.

Last week, Saraki had pleaded with constituents and other Nigerians visiting the complex henceforth to exercise patience as the leadership of the National Assembly was working hard to provide more security and surveillance.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has arrived the National Assembly. He is expected to address the Senate at plenary today over the arrest and manhandling of Senator Dino Melaye and on what the police is doing to stop the invasion of communities and killing of Nigerians by armed bandits and militias across the country.

The Senate is currently in a closed-door session and it is not yet known whether the briefing with the police chief will be opened to journalists and members of the public.

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