Security Men Block Journalists From Entering NASS Over ‘Bribe For Entry Story’

LAGOS JULY 24TH (NEWSRANGERS)- Security operatives at the National Assembly on Monday “declared war” on journalists covering the federal legislature over a story of how some unaccredited persons bribe their way into the legislature’s premises.
Daily Trust had yesterday exclusively reported how unaccredited individuals gain access into the National Assembly complex by giving roasted meat, a plate of food or paying N1,000.
Investigation revealed that while petty traders use their wares including suya, plate of food, Moimoi (steamed bean pudding) to bribe their ways into the complex, visitors who throng there to solicit money from lawmakers pay N2,000 on sitting days and N1,000 on non-sitting days.
Angered by the story, the management has ordered for serious security check on people coming into the National Assembly.
As a result of the directive, journalists were particularly targeted by the security men manning the National Assembly gate, mainly the men of the sergeant-at-arms.
The security men who stopped some journalists at the entry gate on Monday said: “we have declared war on journalists, since you want to spoil our job.”
The security men made photocopies of the Daily Trust story, showing same to the journalists, especially those coming in by foot.One of the journalists almost fought with the security men after he showed them his approved entry permit, yet they denied him entry.
Some of the journalists were delayed for over two hours at the gate before they eventually gained access into the National Assembly premises for their various assignments.
It was also gathered that food sellers have been banned from entering the premises.

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