#OccupyNASS: Protesters storm National Assembly, demand Saraki’s resignation

Scores of protesters on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly complex in Abuja to demand the immediate resignation of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Saraki is currently standing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on 13 counts including keeping a foreign account and making false assets declaration between 2003 and 2011 when he served as governor of Kwara State.

The protesting youths – campaigning with the hashtag #OccupyNASS – also demanded that the federal lawmakers should immediately revisit the grey areas identified in the 2016 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari.

They asked 36 senators who had so far collected exotic SUVs to return them immediately or face the wrath of suffering Nigerians.

The protesters marched from the Unity Fountain within the Central Area of the city to the National Assembly, a journey of about two kilometres, but were prevented from entering the main premises by regular and riot policemen.

The protest prevented Assembly staff, lawmakers and visitors from either entering or leaving the premises.

Armed with placards bearing various inscriptions, the protesters vowed to seal off the National Assembly for an initial three days to see whether their demands would be met.

They said they would resume a permanent protest that would paralyse all activities in the National Assembly until all their demands were fully met.