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Nigeria's Senate president calls for probe into parliament ruckus

AFP  |  Abuja 

Saraki today called for a probe into a parliament takeover by the day before, assuring people that the constitution will be respected.

"We call for an investigation, and we demand that all perpetrators are brought to book," said Saraki at a packed press conference in the nation's capital of

"We owe it to ourselves to ensure that such a situation never occurs again." Saraki described the "ugly incident" as a "brazen assault on the legislature", urging the government to respect the rule of law.

He said the security siege was part of a plot to remove him from office.

On Tuesday, hooded armed men from the police and Service (DSS), blocked access to the two chambers -- the and -- preventing lawmakers from entering.

The Nigerian presidency denied authorising the move, which comes amid a surge of tension between and political rivals. Vice Yemi Osinbajo, acting as of the country while Buhari is on holiday, ordered the dismissal of DSS "with immediate effect".

Saraki, the country's third-highest ranking politician, last week dumped the for the main opposition

The has called on him to resign, suspecting him to be the force behind defections that have damaged the party's standing and Buhari's chances of re-election.

The is heating up in six months ahead of February polls, with Buhari coming under criticism for his handling of security issues and the economy in Africa's most populous country.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 19:15 IST