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  • Updated: May 17, 2024

DSS operatives allegedly brutalize NASS senior staff over identity complications

DSS operatives allegedly brutalize NASS senior staff over id

Agents from the Department of State Services, DSS, brutalised two senior National Assembly staff early on Friday morning for reportedly failing to provide valid identification at the Complex's second gate.

At around 11:45 am, when they were requested to identify themselves at the gate, the staff members Chris Odoh, a Deputy Director, and John Nnadi of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) had difficulties with the DSS agents who had been assigned to guard the whole National Assembly Complex.

The DSS officials said that the employees "just flashed their identity card at the gate" rather than properly identifying themselves.

The personnel then tried to enter their offices in the White House, which is a part of the National Assembly Complex, but the operatives physically stopped them.

While other employees looked on helplessly, the National Assembly staff was attacked by the security personnel during the subsequent conflict.

The DSS agents were enraged by the attempts of onlookers to mediate the issue, and when four more of their colleagues joined them, they began violently confronting staff members and everyone else who attempted to mediate.

The two employees were hauled away by the operators from the linking point, which is around 125 yards away.

Workers in the nearby offices of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Unity Bank, United Bank for Africa, UBA, and journalists at the Senate Press Centre expressed their sympathies for the occurrence.

Enraged by the embarrassing spectacle, National Assembly staff from the Senate's Mace Bearer and other White House offices immediately assembled in front of the DSS office to demand the two staff members' immediate release.

It took the involvement of the National Assembly's Divisional Police Officer, Alex Annagu, and the Deputy Clerk of the Senate, Legislative, Ilobah Isabella, to defuse the tense situation by urging the enraged employees to return to their workplaces.

During the turmoil, John Nnadi burst out of the basement DSS office and began singing solidarity songs, and he was quickly followed by other workers who were still waiting to see the conclusion of the commotion.

The unhappy personnel marched to the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly to record their complaints, chanting 'We no go gree o, we no go gree', but he had yet to arrive when they were removed by the DPO, who urged to them to remain calm.

In the last two weeks, the National Assembly administration has replaced its official security arm, Sergeant-at-Arms, who are familiar with staff, legislative assistants, and other individuals, with DSS agents who have daily altercations. 

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