Financial Autonomy: Security Agents Lock NASS Gate, Deny Protesting Lawyers Entry

 

There was mild drama on Monday morning as security officials locked the gate of the National Assembly and refused to allow members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to gain entrance.

The lawyers are on a peaceful march in solidarity with judiciary workers who are protesting financial autonomy.

They had earlier converged at the Court of Appeal gate before proceeding to the National Assembly in their numbers, to register their demands.

Security officials upon sighting the lawyers in their vehicles locked up the two gates to National Assembly.

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“People like you can’t just be in the National Assembly…” one of the security officers told the lawyers.

The NBA President had earlier on Friday directed its branch chairmen nationwide to lead “visits” to government houses in their states over the 36 governors’ alleged unwillingness to implement judiciary’s financial autonomy.

A statement by the president of the association, Olumide Akpata, directed the branch chairmen to lead the “visits”, which are more like peaceful protests, on Monday, and on all other subsequent Mondays until the demand for the judiciary’s financial autonomy is met.

It urged the branch leaders “to effectively mobilise their members” for the “visit to the governors at the state government houses” to press home the demand.

JUSUN since April 6, 2021, left the courts in Nigeria under lock and key because of the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary as the third arm of government.

They commenced a nationwide strike today, April 19, 2021.

 

See below, photos of the NBA members at the NASS gate …

Persons Living With Disability Protest At National Assembly Gate

A file photo of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

A number of people living with disabilities from the Niger Delta region on Thursday stormed the National Assembly Complex in Abuja to protest neglect by Federal Lawmakers representing them in the Federal Legislature.

The aggrieved protesters under the banner of Great Minds foundation of people living with deformities Niger Delta, forced themselves inside the assembly complex despite resistance by security operatives at the National Assembly gate.

The spokesperson of the group, Amos Etim, said they arrived at the National Assembly from various states of the Niger Delta to demand their rights from their representatives.

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Some of the persons living with disabilities were reported to have manhandled a National Assembly security man who was trying to prevent them from entering into the main building.

The Deputy Whip of the Senate, Senator  Aliyu Sabi, who lead other lawmakers to meet with the protesters appealed for calm and said their grievances will be addressed.

Senator Sabi asked the protesters to delegate a five-man team to meet the National Assembly leaders.

Persons With Disabilities Block National Assembly Gate In Protest

Some Persons With Disabilities (PWD) on Wednesday barricaded the National Assembly gate in protest.

The protesters are demanding for the transmission of Disability Bill by the lawmakers to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The Disability Bill which has been passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly seeks to protect the rights of Nigerians who are physically challenged.

It also seeks a complete action on the discrimination against persons with disabilities and a quest for equal voting access.

The bill prohibits discrimination on the grounds of disability and other harmful practices.

The protest by the Persons With Disability comes a day after legislative aides of the National Assembly staged a protest over alleged non-payment of their salaries.

The protesters stormed the Assembly Complex on Tuesday morning just before the lawmakers began their closed-door session.

The lawmakers resuming plenary on Tuesday morning after a long break which spanned over two months.