Just as hundreds of youths under the canopy of #OccupyNASS stormed the National Assembly earlier today, Tuesday, demanding the resignation of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki among others, supporters of Saraki staged a counter protest in the same National Assembly premises.
The saraki’s supporters, under the banner of #SaveOurNASS, stormed the protesting area with banners of Saraki and of the Speaker of the House of National Assembly Yakubu Dogara. Some other demonstrators carried placards with inscriptions: ‘Presidency, Stop the Harassment,’ ‘Say No! To Executive Impunity,’ ‘Presidency Stop Harassing Saraki,’ and ‘Saraki Must Stay.’
The two opposing groups met one another outside the National Assembly main gate, where the #OccupyNASS protesters had already staged a sit-in.
Their arrival, which upset some protesters part of the #OccupyNASS, resulted in a scuffle and led to #OccupyNASS members tearing the Saraki and Dogara banners into shreds.
It took the intervention of the police to separate the two groups from inflicting injuries on themselves even as #OccupyNASS maintained that they would not allow the sponsored group to tarnish their public image.
#OccupyNigeria continued their sit-in after subduing pro-Saraki protesters and vowed to continue the protests until Saraki resigns from the Senate. [myad]