Alleged Mace Hijack: ‘I Can’t Be Arrested,’ Says Omo-Agege
Suspended Senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege has said he can’t be arrested over alleged role in the invasion of the Senate Chamber by hoodlums who forcefully took away the mace, symbol of authority in the legislature.
Recall that the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), command, Mr Sadiq Bello, had led the team of policemen, who arrested the senator and whisked him away in a Hilux van with registration number NPF 840 at about 1.50 p.m.
Contrarily, Om0-Agege, told the police that the court had pronounced that the National Assembly “and specifically the Senate, has no power to suspend a senator for one day. I can’t be under arrest; for what purpose?’’
A statement by his Office also confirmed that the Delta Central senator “left the police” after Omo-Agege told the police his “perspective” on the invasion of the senate and removal of the mace.
The statement partly read: “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.”
The Senate on April 12, suspended the lawmaker over an alleged “dissenting comment’’ on decision of the chamber on adoption of conference report on INEC Act (2010) Amendment Bill.
The suspension for 90 legislative days, was announced after the report of the Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions was presented at plenary.