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Attack at NASS: Bala Usman petitions IG, DSS

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…wants perpetrators punished

 

Following an attack by some hoodlums at within the precincts of the National Assembly, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police and the Department of State Security (DSS), calling for an investigation into the incident.

 

She also wants perpetrators of the harassment and humiliation by some people believed to be hirelings of the Chairman of a maritime company (names withheld) to be prosecuted.

 

Persecondnews recalls that Usman was attacked at the premises of the National Assembly on December 3, 2019.

 

In a petition dated December 4 and addressed to the IGP, the President of the Senate and Director- General of the Department of State Services (DSS), she said she was at the Senate on the invitation of the Joint Committee on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance to its public hearing on the Safe Anchorage Area of the Lagos Ports while she was assaulted.

 

The public hearing followed a motion on “illegal security activities by OMSL at the Safe Anchorage Area of Lagos Ports and the need to investigate their excesses,” by Senator George Sekibo during a plenary on November 7, 2019.

 

She explained that the committee had invited other parties, which included the Nigerian Navy and the OMSL.

 

“In the course of the session, Captain (Dr) Idahosa Wells Okunbo of OMSL, having made his submission, stormed out visibly angry breathing fire and brimstone. Following Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo’s outburst and abrupt exit, the Chairman of the Joint Committee closed the session” the petition reads.

 

“On leaving the meeting room some hoodlums that accompanied Captain Okunbo to the hearing ambushed me at the exit door and tried to push their way towards me to physically attack me, raining abuses on me that I was taking food away from them and their boss, and that they will find me and destroy me,’’ she said in a statement by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Jatto A. Adams.

 

According to her, it took the efforts of her security detail and the Executive Director, Marine and Operations Dr. Sekonte H. Davies of NPA and security personnel deployed from the office of the Deputy Senate President for her and her entourage to leave the premises unhurt.

 

“I am calling for a full investigation of the incident with the intent of bringing the culprits to face the full wrath of the law’’.

 

The NPA boss said she took the threats to her life by the hoodlums seriously, adding Capt. Idahosa Wells Okunbo should be held responsible if any harm to her or any member of her family.

 

Usman expressed shock at how the hoodlums gained entry into the National Assembly and their audacity for attacking federal government’s officials who were at the hallowed chambers on invitation, an act she described as height of impunity and disrespect.

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