The House of Representatives on Thursday resolved that Sergeants-at-arms in charge of security within the National Assembly complex should be armed.
The lawmakers, therefore, resolved that members of the security outfit should proceed for the arms training and that firearms should be procured for them to better secure the National Assembly. The resolution was sequel to the adoption of the prayers in a motion of urgent national importance sponsored by Hon. Ossai Ossai (PDP- Delta) to guard against any future attempt to invade the National Assembly.
The lawmaker while arguing the motion said “it has become necessary to beef up NASS security because of increase of security threats. “Arming Sergeants -at-arm is a universal standard practice.” The lawmaker reminded his colleagues that on April the 18th, suspected thugs gained entrance into the Senate Chamber and snatched the the mace, the symbol of authority.
He also recounted that on August the 7th, masked and hooded armed security operatives from the Department of State Security (DSS), the Nigerian Police and other security agencies invaded the national assembly and stopped both lawmakers and workers from gaining entrance for hours. He said those types of incidents made it imperative to arm the NASS Security outfit.
Source: Daily Post