Senator Omo-Agege attends plenary session

Omo-Agege appears at Senate plenary

Senator Omo-Agege attends plenary session

When he turned up on Wednesday, he signed the attendance register at about 10:30am before proceeding to the upper legislative chambers just as the Senate was going into a closed-door session.

Testimonies was made by various security agencies within the National Assembly accusing Mr Omo-Agege of leading seven unauthorised persons into the Red Chamber which led to the disruption of the Plenary. Specifically, the invitation letter to Ndume reads in part: "Based on the testimony of the sergeant at arms before the committee, you (Mr Ndume) is alleged to have prevented the mace keeper from taking away the mace to safety".

"The committee, pursuant to this, has deemed it necessary to formally invite you to respond to these allegations on Wednesday, May 16, at 11:00 am".

Following the judgement, an aide to Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the Senate has approached a higher court to appeal the ruling and institute a stay of execution.

The meeting was on for about 21 minutes when the thugs gained access into the venue and stole the mace.

"In the coming days, those who have a responsibility to offer explanations on this matter will appear before the committee", he said.

Recall that the DPO, National Assembly Division, Abdul Sulu-Gambari, during his appearance before the panel last week, had accused the lawmakers of conspiracy in the attack.

When contacted on Tuesday, Ndume declined to comment on the attack and his invitation by the probe panel.

Omo-Agege could not be reached as he did not pick several calls made to his telephone line.

Besides, the Judge noted that whereas sections 67 (4) of the Senate Standing Rules 2014 and section 21 (2) of the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act, okayed the suspension of any erring lawmakers for 14 legislative days, the Senate went ahead and handed Omo-Agege 90 days suspension.

By 10:55 a.m. when plenary started, Mr Omo-Agege did not show up.

The lawmaker representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, was at the Senate chamber this morning.

"Having regard to the settled position of the law as expoused by our courts in not less than five cases wherein the suspension of legislators by legislative houses was annulled and set aside the Senate should withdraw the appeal filed against the judgment of the Federal High Court in the case of Senator Omo-Agege".

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