Earlier, the Sergeant-at-Arms, Brighton Danwalex, had said that report from investigation after the incident said that a Senator, Ali Ndume, instructed the men assigned to protect the mace not to touch it during the invasion.
The Divisional Police Officer said, it was wrong for them to take orders from Ndume,adding that, “security men are having challenges with some legislators because they don’t want to follow checks,’’ .
The Sergeant-at-Arms said that security officials were overpowered due to lack of non-functional security gadgets to enhance operational capacity, stating further, “there is no functional walkie-talkie; we would have alerted all the exit points. The CCTV is not functioning and there is only one operational patrol vehicle and the entrance into the white house requires biometric doors,’’.
The Chairman of the Committee, Bala N’allah, requested the police to furnish it with copy of station diary where entry of the crime was made and also directed that the committee should be given copy of crime routine diary, pictures of those arrested and the transfer register explaining where the invaders were transferred to.
Similarly, the co-chairman of the committee, Betty Apiafi, on her part blamed the invasion on negligence on the part of the Sergeant-at-Arms, accusing them of failing to raise alarm having observed something unusual.
Penpushing report that, in the same vein, Shehu Sani, accused the security operatives in the complex of regularly collecting money to allow unauthorised persons into the premises,stressing,“people troop in here by paying money to security. Supposing they were terrorists and had it been that they came in to kill someone, they would have succeeded.
“How could five thugs succeed if there was no collusion? Security men here control crowd who come to protest but melted away that day and the two Sergeant-at-Arms, who normally protect the mace, were not seen,’’Sani pointed out.