President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has lamented that lawmakers have become targets of hoodlums.
According to him, many senators have lost their telephones due to the influx of hoodlums into the National Assembly (NASS) complex.
The Senate president disclosed this when National Assembly Service Commission members paid a courtesy call on him at the NASS complex in Abuja on Friday.
He said: “We are aware that the entire complex is under renovation. We must also look after the environment. It is not all about the staff; we will like to see a cleaner environment and a secure complex.
“A lot of senators have lost their telephones because of the influx of people into the complex.”
Going further, Akpabio added that the presence of the hoodlums had threatened lawmakers.
According to Akpabio, as the 10th NASS settles down for legislative activities, hoodlums and people who do not have any business in the premises loiter all over the Senate and Reps wings, begging and constituting a security breach against lawmakers and staff of the National Assembly.
Akpabio’s complaints followed remarks by the Chairman of the NASC, Ahmed Kadi Amshi, who presented the challenges faced by the Commission and other issues to him.
Akpabio emphasised that the National Assembly remains the symbol of democracy, stressing that the 10th Senate is poised to make history through legislation.