Indication emerged that against the backdrop of threat by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC Delta Central) to resume for plenary today despite all odds, several measures have been taken to beef up security around the senate yesterday.
Omo-Agege said he will resume today at the senate plenary following the judgement of the Federal High Court in Abuja nullifying his suspension by the senate despite the appeal filed by the Senate and its President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, against Court’s judgment.
Security operatives in uniform and mufti were seen last night at the main entrance of the upper legislative chamber and other strategic places to prevent the Senator and any unauthorized persons from gaining entry.
One of the National Assembly security men, who did not want his name in print told journalists that “what you are seeing is in connection to the court ruling in favour of Senator Omo-Agege and his threat to come here tomorrow (today)”.
“We don’t want to be caught unaware like the last time when he (Omo-Agege) led some hoodlums into the chamber to cart away the mace.
“In fact, what we are hearing is that he may come here tonight ahead of tomorrow’s (today’s) sitting, that’s why the authority is being proactive about the matter. We want to be at alert ahead of any invasion by unauthorized persons into the National Assembly premises”, he explained.
Senator Omo-Agege, who is serving a 90-day suspension reportedly led some armed thugs to the Senate chamber on April 18 and forcefully snatched its mace, the legislative symbol of authority.
However, following his victory in court over the suspension, the lawmaker said yesterday that he was ready to resume his legislative duties today, stressing that the Senate and Saraki have only applied for a stay of execution at the Court of Appeal which has not been granted.
Senator Omo-Agege pointed out that the lower court made a declaratory judgment which had an immediate effect.
He also accused Saraki of seeking the relief for a stay of execution from a court of law which he had allegedly ignored and gone ahead to approve his suspension.
The Senate had on April 12, 2018, suspended Omo-Agege for 90 legislative days for dragging the chamber to court over the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010, which seeks to reshuffle the sequence of polls during a general election.
However, a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday nullified the 90-day suspension imposed on him.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in the judgment, said the order nullifying the suspension was “with immediate effect.”
Counsel for the Senate and its President, Mr. Mahmud Magaji (SAN), however said on Friday that he had filed along with his notice of appeal, an application for stay of execution of the judgment reinstating Senator Omo-Agege.