Ndume’s constituents protest senator’s suspension
Thousands of people from Borno South Senatorial District on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly in Abuja to protest the suspension of their representative in the Senate, Mohammed Ali Ndume.
Similarly, hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the senator’s district also converged on the Unity Fountain, Abuja, to protest Ndume’s suspension.
The IDPs vowed to remain at the spot until their senator is recalled by the upper legislative chamber.
The Senate had on Wednesday last week suspended Ndume for calling on the upper chamber to investigate allegations of irregular importation of a N298 million bullet proof Range Rover vehicle with fake Customs documents.
The vehicle had since been seized by the authorities of the Nigeria Customs Service.
Ndume had also drawn the attention of the Senate to the allegation of first degree certificate forgery against Senator Dino Malaye (Kogi West), as reported by an online publication, Saharareporters.
Ndume was subsequently suspended for six months, ostensibly based on a report by the Senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.
His colleagues accused the Borno senator of unnecessarily distracting the attention of the Senate on allegations based on “rumours” and for failing to investigate the allegations before raising them on the floor of the Senate.
But the protesters who carried placards with various inscriptions, condemned Ndume’s suspension, insisting that senator did not commit any offence against Saraki and Melaye.
Describing the suspension as illegal, undemocratic and self-serving, the protesters said Saraki “is a curse” to democracy.