The National Assembly joint ad hoc committee has recommended the immediate suspension of the senator representing Delta central, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, for another 180 legislative days over the theft of the Senate mace.
Naija News Learnt that the recommendation was made yesterday by the committee investigating the invasion of the Senate. The decision was made at the conclusion of their investigation.
The house also recommended the immediate prosecution ofsix other suspects for “treasonable felony, assault occasioning harm, conspiracy to steal and actual theft of the mace”, the symbol of authority of the parliament.
The house made the recommendations after considering the report of the committee set up to investigate the mace theft.
In May, suspected thugs invaded the senate chamber and ran away with the mace.
The hoodlums were alleged to be led by Omo-Agege who had attended plenary on that fateful day, despite being on suspension.
Both the house of representatives and senate subsequently set up a joint ad-hoc committee to investigate the incident.
During the house committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, Betty Apiafi, a lawmaker from Rivers state and co-chairperson of the committee, submitted the panel’s reports for consideration.
“Senator Omo-Agege actually asked the security people to allow the men (the thugs) to come in; that was why they came in,” she said.
“They came in and forced themselves into the chamber and overpowered the sergeant-at-arms. And you know the security operatives are not allowed into the chambers.”
Some of the committee’s recommendations are:
- That senator Omo-Agege be prosecuted for incitement and breach of peace in the chamber of the senate and contempt ex-facie.
- That the Nigeria police preliminary investigation of the issue should be intensified with a view to bringing those found culpable into custody.
- That the Legislative House Act should be amended to clearly vest the power of maintaining peace and order within the fhwmber and precincts of legislative houses in the sergeant-at-arms of any house.
- That the Nigeria police investigation should be concluded immediately to allow for prosecution of the defaulters.
It will be recalled that this the second time The senator representing delta state will be suspended for the same number legislative days