The Nigerian Senate

By Yemi Itodo

The Nigerian Senate has described as an act of treason and an attempt to overthrow the leadership of the Senate, the invasion of the suspended Senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege during the Wednesday’s plenary with thugs.

Omo-Agege was suspended for 90 days on Thursday 12th April, 2018 by the Senate following a recommendation from the committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, over his comments on the amendment to the electoral act.

Irked by the mode of his suspension, Omo-Agege allegedly stormed the Senate on Wednesday with stern looking thugs, disrupted the proceeding which barely started and whisked away the mace, which is the symbol of authority of the Nigerian Senate.

Reacting to this development, the Senate Spokesman, Abdullahi Sabi Aliyu, called on the security agencies to help recover the mace.

“Today, some armed hoodlums led by suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, walked into the Senate plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the Upper Legislative Chamber, the mace.

“This action is an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, and it must be treated as such. All Security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilize their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the mastermind and the perpetrators of this act.

“This action is also an affront on the legislature, and the Leadership of the House has come to express their support against this action”, Senator Aliyu said.

The Senate is currently in an Executive session while a water-tight security surveillance is ongoing in all the major entry and exit points to the National Assembly complex, which caused a lot of staff and visitors to turn back.