NASS orders ‘stop and search’ at complex from Monday over terror fears

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BY MAYOWA SAMUEL

Uba Group

Following several alerts over a possible terrorists’ attack in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the National Assembly on Friday night announced the commencement of a stop and search policy.

According to the National Assembly Security Committee, the National Assembly Complex is particularly a vulnerable target for insurgent attacks.

This was disclosed in a memo signed by the Director, Administrative, Dr. Tahir Sani, in which the Committee resolved to adopt several proactive measures in the short and long terms.

The memo read, “One of such measures is the directive to Security Agencies and the Sergeant-at-Arms Department to ensure that, effective Monday, October 31, 2022, all vehicles coming into the National Assembly premises are thoroughly searched. This entails that, the drivers of the vehicles shall by themselves open the booths of their cars and submit their vehicles to comprehensive checks.

“Honourable Members and Distinguished Senators are by this notice advised to use the Presidential gate, unless they are willing to submit themselves to this stop and search policy,” it advised.