The National Assembly security has been tightened as President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to present the 2022 annual budget before a joint session of lawmakers today.
Security agents have taken over the entire complex and every entry gate.
Newspot observed that more security operatives were seen with some patrolling the complex in black Hilux vans.
The tightened security has reduced the usual hustle and bustle as fewer people were allowed entry after thorough scrutiny by security agents based on directives earlier handed down to them by the Sergeant-At-Arms, the official National Assembly’s security outfit.
In the arrangement, preparatory for the budget joint session which will hold at the Green Chambers of the House of Representatives, journalists covering the upper and lower legislative chambers were worst hit as only a few of the media houses were accredited to cover the event.
Though Newspot and other two online platforms were considered credible enough and have been accredited by the office of the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), others were left stranded.
In the Senate Press Corps, about 80 journalists representing various media houses cover legislative activities of the upper chambers, but only 45 were accredited and allowed entry. From the House of Representatives Press Corps, only 33 were allowed entry.
Meanwhile, President Buhari is expected to present the 2022 budget of N16.4 trillion, N3.8 trillion more than that of 2021, to the National Assembly.