Ekiti lawmakers protest at US, UK embassies
Written by Morenike Adebayo on March 15, 2016
Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Monday, staged a peace protest at both the US and UK embassies in Abuja, calling on the international community to intervene and save democracy in Nigeria from imminent collapse.
The lawmakers are protesting the invasion of the Ekiti House of Assembly Complex by armed men of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Friday, the fourth of March , 2016, in which of four of the assembly members were abducted.
The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, who led eighteen other members, stated expressly that they are solidly behind the state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose and can never be coerced or induced to sign any impeachment notice against him.
The lawmakers submitted a protest letter in which they alleged that they were being harassed, with some of their houses being visited by men who claimed to be DSS officials.
They contended that the process of abduction of the four assembly men was illegal, crude, uncivilized and barbaric because the DSS neither formally informed the speaker nor the state governor of their intention to arrest any member of the assembly.