Protesters invade NASS over Senator’s suspension [PHOTOS]
The protesters are demanding the immediate reinstatement of Ndume, who was suspended on Wednesday, March 29.
The Borno State Senator was suspended for raising a petition against Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye.
“I'm from one of the nine local governments that constitute southern Borno. We are here because we are aggrieved because of our senator suspended from the senate,” one protester, Iliya Abdul Jafar told Pulse.
“It is not about Senator Ali Ndume but we elected him to represent us. The whole local government in southern Borno has been suspended so they are telling us that we are no longer part of the National Assembly.
“His problem is also attributed to the issue of Magu as EFCC chairman, the problem they had with Nigerian Customs because of uniform wearing. He has been on his feet trying to see that what was done in the dark is opened up.
“We are all here because we are not represented in the senate. That is why we are here on a peaceful protest and demand for his reinstatement. We have stated today and we are not going to stop till he is reinstated to the national assembly and the floor of the senate,” he added.
Ndume urged the Senate to investigate Saraki over claims that his vehicle had been seized by customs officers because it was cleared with fake documents.
Melaye, on the other hand, was investigated over claims that he did not graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University as claimed.
Both Saraki and Melaye were cleared of the charges by the Senate ethics committee which recommended Ndume’s suspension.
The Borno senator’s suspension will expectedly last six months.
Meanwhile, Saraki has said that he doesn’t have the power to reverse Ndume’s suspension.
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