Dozens of protesters, who were made up of Internally Displaced Persons and Borno State indigenes, on Tuesday, stormed the main gate of the National Assembly to protest against the suspension of former Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume.
Ndume represents Borno south constituency.
The protesters, while decrying the suspension of Ndume, barricaded the entrance of the national assembly, saying the decision by the upper chamber was unfair.
HAPPENING NOW [VIDEO]: Pro Ndume supporters besiege NASS, block access to main entrance. pic.twitter.com/dpD0A8kxIk
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Armed with placards and banners, the over 200 persons demanded Ndume’s reinstatement, adding that Borno South people have lost their voice with the suspension of the legislator.
Security operatives were forced to lock the gates of the national assembly after the protesters blocked the entrance.
Last week, Ndume was suspended for six months for calling for investigations into forgery allegations made against the senate president, Bukola Saraki, and the certificate controversy surrounding Kogi senator, Dino Melaye.
While Saraki was accused of harassing Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of customs, because the agency seized a vehicle belonging to him, Melaye was said to have forged a certificate of his degree from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
The two lawmakers were eventually cleared by the senate committee on ethics and privileges.
However, the senate deemed Ndume’s action as embarrassing and suspended him based on the recommendation of the ethics committee.