The siege on the National Assembly Complex in Abuja continues, with the police tear-gassing Speaker Aminu Tambuwwal and denying him access to the complex.
Also affected were other lawmakers, including senators and members of the House of Representatives.
Tambuwal left his vehicle after several minutes and walked the distance from the gate to the chambers, with other lawmakers in tow. But policement, who had joined officers of the Department for State Security, let of tear gas, throwing the environment into chaos as journalists and staff of the fled.
Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, Lai Mohammed, confirmed to journalists at the APC secretariat in Abuja that security operatives prevented Tambuwal from entering the National Assembly Complex.
“I spoke with speaker Aminu Tambuwal five minutes ago and he confirmed to me that he has been locked out of the National Assembly complex at the second gate,” Mohammed said.
The APC spokesperson also said while Tambuwal was locked out, his deputy, Emeka Ihedioha, is already in the chambers.
”The Speaker reconvened the House at the instance of the President who wrote a letter to the Speaker asking for an extension of the state of emergency in three states and now he is being ambushed and not allowed in, it is a sad development for our country.
“There must be limit to impunity and we are being ridiculed in the eyes of the world.”
Tambuwwal, the obvious target of attack, fled. Many members of the House had to scale the gate to gain access.