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Nigeria female football team, the Super Falcons, protesting non-payment of their allowances at the National Assembly

Update: National Assembly Shutdown As Super Falcons Protest Non-Payment of Allowances

The National Assembly, Abuja has been shutdown by security operatives, Daily Post reports

The decision to shut the complex might not be unconnected with the preparations ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anticipated visit to the National Assembly today to present the estimates of the 2017 budget to a joint assembly.

Meanwhile, Buhari is currently in the Gambia and it is not clear if he would be able to meet the scheduled 12pm appointment.

It was gathered that members of staff have been denied access and all other organisations rendering services within the complex have been shut out.

Long queues of vehicles and crowds of anxious people are noticed along the entry points at the time of this report.

Meanwhile,

The Super Falcons, Nigeria’s female football national team, have stormed the National Assembly, in protest for the non-payment of their allowances by the Nigerian Football Federation, according to Daily Trust.

The team won the just concluded  African Women championship held in Cameroon.

It was the 8th time Nigeria won the competition.

Recently the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung was quoted as  saying that they did not expect the Falcons to win the trophy.

However Dalung said his statement that the Federal Government did not know that the Super Falcons would win the just concluded African Women Cup of Nations was taken out of context.

He spoke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja when President Muhammadu Buhari received Senator Kabiru Gaya-led committee on the National Youth Open Water Swimming Competition.

“May I conclude by trying to put into proper perspective an impression that has made national headlines to the effect that the Federal Government was not anticipating the victory of the Falcons and so could not have planned for it. This statement was attributed to myself. I want to categorically state that this is a statement taken out of context. And I cannot imagine or reconcile how,” he said.

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