ABUJA, OCTOBER 18, 2016 – Anti-corruption protesters stormed the National Assembly on Tuesday in Abuja to express their support for the ongoing crusade against graft by the Federal Government, but they were prevented from entering the NASS premises.The policemen at the NASS entrance, on sighting the surging protesters, quickly locked the gates and informed the youths that they would not be allowed to enter the complex.
Unperturbed by the hostile treatment, the campaigners under the auspices of the National Support Groups for Good Governance, sang and waved large banners at lawmakers and visitors entering the NASS grounds.
After waiting for about two hours, Senator Barnabas Gemade, met with the protest leaders and assured them of the support of the lawmakers for the anti-graft campaign of the Federal Government.
The lawmaker noted that the anti-graft laws mandating the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other anti-corruption agencies, were made by the NASS in place of the penal code which was being used before.
This, he said, showed that the legislators endorsed the fight against graft in the country.
Gemade said, “We are with you (protesters) and your agitations; As an institution, the National Assembly is fighting corruption with all its ability. We are in the process of blocking the loopholes in the anti-corruption laws.”
Earlier, the NASUGG National Coordinator, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, said the crusade against graft must be holistic, insisting that no person must be exempted, adding that the law enforcement agencies should arrest and prosecute any corrupt members of the government.
He stated that his coalition endorsed the arrest of the judges for alleged corruption, stressing that the raid on their homes was not an attack on the judiciary as being reported, but a strong message to corrupt elements that it was not going to be business as usual.
The judges’ arrests, he said, would send the message that pecuniary inducements would no longer be the deciding factor in delivery of Justice.