The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Olu Falae, has condemned Tuesday blockade of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services.
In a statement issued by the party National Publicity Secretary, Alfa Mohammed, on Tuesday in Abuja, Falae said the action breached the nation’s constitution.
According to the statement, the incident was an open breach of the nation’s 1999 constitution as amended, which enjoins separation of powers and independence of the legislature.
“We are gradually being pushed to a state of anarchy due to the desperation of the government in power to force a change in the leadership of the Senate.
“This conduct amounts to assault on Democracy which we risked our lives and fought for.
“It is also a declaration by government that we can all take the law into our own hands”.
The Federal Government has already dissociated itself from the blockade and sacked the director-general of the DSS, Lawal Daura, who authorised it, without the prior knowledge of the presidency. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo also condemned the action as a gross violation of constitutional order, rule of law and all accepted notions of law and order.
According to him, the unlawful act which was done without the knowledge of the Presidency is condemnable and completely unacceptable.
An Acting DG has been named for the agency. He is Mathew B. Seiyefa, from Bayelsa State.
Lockdown Will Be Extended If Nigerians Don’t Behave Themselves — Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has stated that the lockdown currently experienced in some parts of the country may be extended if Nigerians don’t behave themselves.
The minister, who is a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, disclosed this in Abuja when he featured in a forum to give an update on government efforts at containing the pandemic, NAN reports.
“If we don’t behave ourselves, there is a likelihood that the lockdown will be extended, but if we behave ourselves, there might not be an extension and I hope we do so.
“If we stay at home for two weeks and we are doing everything we are supposed to do, we should be able to effectively contain the disease.
“Therefore, my appeal to Nigerians is that they should obey the directive on social distancing, personal hygiene and shun gatherings; after two weeks, we will resume our normal life.
“But if they think it is a joke, then we may have to stay at home more than the two weeks.”
There are 210 COVID-19 cases in Nigeria including four deaths.
The pandemic, which has infected about one million people globally, has paralysed economic and socio-religious activities in most parts of the West African country.
COVID-19: FG To Evacuate Nigerians Abroad — But Not For Free
The federal government has begun moves to bring back Nigerians who are stranded abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), asked those willing to return to notify the Nigerian missions in their respective countries.
She added via a statement on Friday that the missions will subsequently forward their names to the ministry of foreign affairs for action.
Dabiri-Erewa, however, said the financial implications of such evacuation will be borne by the respective individuals “who will be compulsorily quarantined when they return.”
“The interested Nigerians are advised to inform the missions in the various countries they are in, who will then collate and coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the statement signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, NIDCOM spokesman, read.
“To this end, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians stranded abroad willing to return home to key into this Federal Government gesture by providing their information to the mission in their respective host countries.”
She said while embassies in several countries are also on lockdown, Nigerians willing to return should fill a form here.
Some countries have been evacuating their citizens from Nigeria amid the pandemic.
BREAKING: Nigeria Records 20 New Coronavirus Cases, Two Deaths
Nigeria has recorded 20 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 210.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known via its Twitter handle on Friday.
NCDC also announced that the country recorded two deaths in Lagos and Edo States.
The NCDC tweeted, “Twenty new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Nigeria; 11 in Lagos, three in the FCT, three in Edo, 2 in Osun and one in Ondo.
“Two new deaths have been recorded in Lagos and Edo States.
“As of 10:30 pm on 3rd of April, there are 210 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria.”
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