Man who put parliament into lock-down refused bail

A FORMER taxi driver accused of threatening to blow himself up outside NSW Parliament House last month has been refused bail.  

Abdula Ganiji, 58, had no criminal record when he parked a car out the front of the gates on Macquarie St and allegedly threatened to set 40 litres of petrol alight.  

Central Local Court heard parliament was in lockdown for more than two hours before Mr Ganiji allegedly tried to ignite a cigarette lighter.   Police fired smoke canisters in the car, smashed the windows and pulled Mr Ganiji out.  

According to the Herald, Mr Ganiji had staged four protests in the past two years.  

Police prosecutor Ross Mitchell described the most recent act as amateurish but pre-planned and called for bail to be refused in the interest of community safety.  

Mr Ganiji was remanded until his next court appearance in three weeks.  


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