OrderPaperToday – The embattled Delta Central Senator, Omo-Agege on Tuesday failed to show up at Senate plenary, despite expectations that he would resume.
This did not stop the joint ad hoc committee of the Senate and House of Representatives investigating the April 18, 2018 mace hijack incident from summoning him and Sen. Ali Ndume (APC, Borno).
The anticipation for Omo-Agege’s appearance in the red chamber today follows a court order last Thursday which nullified his 90-day suspension from the Senate. In a reaction, the senator said he would resume his legislative duties while the Senate also released a statement late Monday night denying any objection to the return of the Delta lawmaker.
“As an institution that obeys the law and court orders, the Senate has decided that it will comply with the judgement of the Federal High Court and do nothing to stop Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from resuming in his office and at plenary from tomorrow May 15, 2018, pending the determination of the application for stay of execution,” the statement said.
However, throughout Tuesday’s proceedings the Senator is question was not seen in or around the red chamber.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, read out the letter of summon to be issued to the two accused lawmakers, saying: “Based on the testimony of the sergeant at arms before the committee, you (Mr Ndume) are alleged to have prevented the mace keeper from taking away the mace to safety. The committee has, therefore, deemed it necessary to invite you in order to respond to that allegation.
“As regards to Omo-Agege, based on the testimony of the DPO, the SSS and the sergeant at arms, you are alleged to have entered the National Assembly accompanied by seven persons who allegedly took the mace of the Senate during plenary session on April 18, at about 11:30 a.m.
“All those who testified, stated that the said people were cleared into the chamber based on your confirmation that they were with you.
“The committee, in pursuance of this, has deemed it necessary to formally invite you to respond to these allegations on Wednesday, May 16 at 11:00am.”
It would be recalled that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki inaugurated the committee which held its first investigative hearing on May 9.
The Divisional Police Officer, Sulu-Gambari Abdul who was present alleged that there was connivance between the some security agencies and some lawmakers.
Also the Sergeant –at-Arms, Brighton Danwalex who was there blamed Senator Ali Ndume for ordering the men assigned to protect the mace not to touch it during the invasion.