The government of President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday continued the bully of its “opponents” when operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS and Nigeria Police laid siege to the Abuja homes of President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY is informed that security operatives arrived at the homes in the early hours of Tuesday.
Those at Saraki’s Maitama residence, however, reportedly left around 7:30am when the Senate President was said to have left the premises.
But the Apo residence of Ekweremadu is still under siege.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY is yet to confirm the report that the Abuja home of Senator Dino Melaye, an outspoken critic of Buhari’s government, has also been sealed by security operatives.
Meanwhile, the media aide to Mr Ekweremadu, Uche Anichukwu, has confirmed the siege to the house of his boss.
“The house is currently surrounded by security agencies since early in the morning, ” he said.
Mr Anichukwu was unsure if the deputy senate president would be allowed to attend today’s plenary.
Also Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, a spokesperson for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), confirmed the siege, saying that Nigeria’s democracy was under assault, a development he said would be resisted.
“Democracy has been placed under a jackboot. We are now in a totalitarian government.
“You can not stop the National Assembly, which is a key element of a constitutional republic.
“We will resist this,” he said.
This latest use of state apparatus to intimidate those seen not to be loyal to Buhari’s administration would be viewed by neutral watchers as a move to prevent Saraki & Co from making it to the National Assembly today because of an alleged plan by many lawmakers to decamp en masse from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
If the planned cross carpeting were allowed to take place, the APC will lose its majority in parliament.
Recall that Mr Saraki was summoned to appear at police department for further investigation into alleged killings in Kwara State at 8:00 a.m. today in Abuja.
Maybe, sensing that that may not be enough to stop today’s plenary, since Ekweremadu, as deputy senate president, could take care of proceedings, the police then decided to seal his residence at dawn.