Attack on Senate: Nigeria’s Security Structure Needs Review, Says Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has lamented that the attack on the Senate on Wednesday had further revealed a need for the review of Nigeria’s security structure which he deemed faulty..

Ekweremadu was  speaking when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA) who paid a solidarity visit to the Senate, that the incident was a national embarrassment.

The Senate Chamber was invaded last Wednesday by thugs led by suspended Senator Ovie Omo Agege, with the mace snatched and carted away before it was recovered on Thursday. 

Ekweremadu reiterated his condemnation of the attack.

“It shows a breakdown of security and it is a setback to Nigeria’s drive for foreign investment because no one would be ready to invest money in such a system. So, it is a lesson that we cannot keep doing the same thing with our security system and expect a different result.

“It is also an irony that the people involved would organise armed bandits to rob the Senate of its mace since they understand the implication of what they have done,” he added. 

Ekweremadu emphasised that the legislative arm of government would ensure the plotters and perpetrators were brought to book. 

“As a parliament, we will ensure that this does not happen again and insist that all the actors behind the drama are brought to book,” he said. 

He also called on the association to help the nation to rethink its governance and security structures in line with other federal systems.

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