By Yemi Itodo
The lawmaker representing Delta Central, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who was arrested in connection to the disappearance of mace from the Senate, has been released by the police.
He was released last night, after making statement at the Police, denying involvement in the saga.
Unknown thugs had invaded the red chamber at the wee of plenary Wednesday and took away the mace, after beating 3 sergeants-at-arm to come.
The statement released by the office of Senator Omo-Agege, however, denied that the lawmaker was arrested by the police.
Omo-Agege explained that, he was instead invited to provide his own side of the story on the disappearance of the mace.
“On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the Senate purportedly suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. However, based on legal advice and his understanding of the current position of the law, Senator Omo-Agege today resumed work and sitting with his colleagues.
“A few champions of the unconstitutional, invalid and tyrannical suspension tried to stop him but those who opposed it welcomed and protected him throughout the sitting. We are grateful to the many Distinguished Senators who stood by Senator Omo-Agege.
“We are aware of several media reports suggesting that Senator Omo-Agege personally removed or encouraged anyone to remove the Mace of the Senate. This weighty allegation is not true at all.
“Following the said media reports on the Mace issue, the Police authorities decided to hear from Senator Omo-Agege. He has told the Police his perspective to help them carry out a proper investigation. He has since left the Police. Senator Omo-Agege trusts them to thoroughly investigate this very serious matter.
”We are also aware of a statement allegedly issued by the Senate Spokesperson, Senator Abdullahi Sabi. Without any investigation, Senator Sabi willfully, deliberately and unfairly made very serious allegations against Senator Omo-Agege on the Mace incident. We are carefully studying Senator Sabi’s allegations to ascertain their full ramifications. Appropriate responses will follow, as may be necessary”, the statement reads.
Senator Omo-Agege’s suspension came as a result of the recommendation from the committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which handed a 181-day suspension on the lawmaker.
With the intervention of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the suspension was reduced to 90 legislative days.
Omo-Agege was accused of inciting the presidency against the Senate over his comments that, the attempt to amend the election sequence was targeted at President Muhammad Buhari.
He was also said to have taken the Senate and the President of the Senate to court on same matter.