N’Assembly Siege: Civil Society Offers $10,000 For Independent Inquiry

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By Augustine Osayande

An International Civil Society Organization Egalitarian Mission for Africa has offered the sum of $10, 000 for credible information and independent inquiry into the recent siege on National Assembly by gunmen suspected to be operatives of State Security Service (SSS).

The organization in a press statement on Friday signed by the Chairman, Board of Trustees Olukayode Ajulo also call on the international community to weigh in on the Nigerian Government to institute an independent probe of the siege to the National Assembly for the purpose of investigating and prosecute the perpetrators of this heinous crime of treason.

“In view of different reactions that have continued to trail the unprecedented illegality perpetrated by the State Security Service (SSS) at the National Assembly on Monday, August 7, almost plunging our dear nation into tyrannical dictatorship, it is imperative for clarity of thoughts, and pragmatic intervention on the saga.

“Confident that there are answers to these and many other questions which are yet to be answered by the ‘express’ sack of Mr. Daura by the Federal Government, I in conjunction with Egalitarian Mission for Africa, the Organization in which my humble self is the Chairman, Board of Trustees are offering A token sum of $10, 000 USD for credible information in this regard while calling on the international community to weigh in on the Nigerian Government to institute an independent probe of the siege to the NASS for the purpose of investigating and prosecute the perpetrators of this heinous crime of treason.

“Membership of the probe should be drawn from civil society, NBA, media and government representatives to unearth those that facilitated the blockade, those who held meetings with the erstwhile boss of the SSS and to what end

“This is important in the face of the attempt to abrogate democracy in some states of the federation like Benue, Ondo, Ekiti by the police without any reprimand from those who should do so,” Ajulo said.

He further stated that their organization are already getting volunteer information, which after proper vetting will be made public as well as sent to foreign embassies and labeled enemies of Nigerian democracy.

Ajulo also commended the Acting President Yemi Osinabjo for the prompt response in the sacking of Lawal Daura as Director General of the SSS.

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