The African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) has demanded for sanctions against persons who are behind the military invasion of Parliament during the election of Speaker of Parliament for the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
Armed soldiers on Thursday, January 7, 20221, stormed the Chamber of Parliament, following the continued failure of the MPs-elect to elect a Speaker for the eighth Parliament.
The soldiers, numbering about 20, emerged in the Chamber together with armed policemen ostensibly to restore calm.
The Executive Director of the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Rasheed Dramani in an interview said the incident was avoidable.
He said the Military High Command should also be queried for the circumstances that led to the presence of armed military personnel in the House.
“When you see the military entering Parliament, immediately what comes to your mind is that this is another coup. For me, I even blame the military hierarchy. They are there to defend the constitution not to defend the interest of any particular individual. The governments are going to change whether we like it or not. I think our political actors have to be very careful.
“We have to get things done in the right way. So whoever gave the instruction, whoever brought the military in, I believe that some serious action has to be taken because our constitution is clear on situations like this.”
Aside from the invasion of the military, there were several disruptions in Parliament including the snatching of ballot boxes.