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News - North Central - FCT Updated: May 17, 2024

Police intervention prevents chaos at national assembly following DSS assault

By Adekunle Obas
May 17, 2024
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The timely intervention of police officers at the National Assembly prevented a complete breakdown of law and order following a protest by staff over the assault of two directors by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS.

According to an eyewitness, the incident began when two senior assembly staff members, John Nnadi of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and Chris Odoh, a Deputy Director, were stopped by DSS operatives at the White House gate around noon.

Despite showing their identity cards, they were denied entry for not properly identifying themselves.

When Nnadi and Odoh attempted to proceed to their offices, the DSS operatives physically restrained and assaulted them. The confrontation escalated when four additional operatives arrived, further pushing and shoving the assembly staff.

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The situation, according to reports, worsened when the Deputy Director was forcibly taken to the DSS office in the White House.

The alarming scene quickly attracted other Assembly staff and legislative aides, who mobilized and stormed the DSS office, demanding the immediate release of the Deputy Director.

The situation was defused by the police officers' intervention, preventing further escalation and potential violence.

The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of the National Assembly, Alex Annagu and Deputy Clerk to the Senate (Legislative) Ilobah Isabella, soon arrived at the scene and appealed for calm.

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