Alleged Conviction Of DSP Ovie Omo-Agege By Court In The USA

Over the past few days, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege visited the United States of America and Canada for personal and official reasons respectively, holding aloft the beacon of progressive ideology and an agenda for improving Nigeria’s image internationally.

On the contrary, an unscrupulous band of mischief makers at home calling itself a ‘youth group’ purportedly led by one Solomon Adodo is seeking to mislead gullible people with lies and propaganda by calling for the immediate resignation of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, over a spurious and malicious allegation of a conviction by a Californian court.

Ordinarily, we would have ignored this latest effort by political jobbers to drag the name of the Distinguished Senator into disrepute.

However, in a political environment like ours where silence could be misinterpreted as consent and evidence of guilt, we make haste to dismiss the entire allegation as not only unfounded and illogical; it is the residue of the warped imaginations and misleading rumour peddled without conviction some years back.

While the distinguished Senator remains completely unperturbed by the nattering nabobs of negativity and their faceless sponsors, it remains clear that this is another feeble round of mere shadow- chasing that ultimately amounts to nothing.

For the umpteenth time, we would like to reiterate the fact that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was cleared of all charges in the said case and he was never a convict in the USA as being alleged; till date, he travels freely to and within the country without any hint of harassment.

We publish herewith details of our response to the same spurious allegation on September 25, 2018: “To this extent, by way of ‘fair commentary’ only, we will speak to the non-existent criminal conviction knowing that the matter is now in court and therefore subjudice. We will meet the blackmailer in court.

The fact is, at a point in his brilliant and bright legal career in California, USA, Senator Omo-Agege (then a young attorney) was alleged to have broken the law in California but in the end, he was found not guilty.

“Accordingly, he was declared innocent by the honourables Lance A. Ito (who presided over the popular O.J. Simpson murder trial case) and G. Magnera of the Court of California, County of Los Angeles. Omo-Agege had to fight hard for his innocence and God vindicated him against the expectations of evil men like the most sadistic blackmailer in the world.

“Today, he remains an active member in good standing at the State of California Bar Association – an impossibility if a valid and subsisting conviction were hanging on him. These are verifiable public facts and truths.”

We state, without any equivocation, that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege is committed to his mandate and would not be distracted by the antics of disgruntled and defeated politicians hiding behind a so-called ‘youth group’ without any meaningful antecedent, seeking to stir up confusion through mere mischief and without facts.

Let it be put on record that while his media office has been strictly instructed not to descend into the gutter to play their piggery games of petty mischief, the Senator has nothing to hide and he would continue with his passionate desire and populist dynamism, towards making Nigeria a better nation for future generations.

Signed:

Yomi Odunuga,
Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Deputy President of the Senate.

13-01-2020

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Just In: National Assembly Joint Committee Recommends Suspension Of Omo-Agege Over Alleged Mace Theft

The National Assembly joint ad hoc committee has recommended the immediate suspension of Ovie Omo-Agege, the senator representing Delta central, for 180 legislative days over the theft of the Senate mace.

The recommendation was on Monday made by the committee investigating the invasion of the Senate. The decision was made at the conclusion of their investigation.

The committee also recommends that Senator Omo-Agege be prosecuted alongside six other suspects who accompanied him into the chamber on the day of the incident.

They are to be prosecuted for treasonable felony assault on National Assembly members of staff, conspiracy to steal and eventual theft of the Senate Mace.

The committee also recommends a total review of the National Assembly’s security architecture.

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Mace Theft: Omo-Agege May Face Indefinite Suspension From 8th Senate

The 8th Senate under the leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki may be at the verge of issuing an indefinite suspensuion to Senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege over allegation that he sponsored hoodlums to hijac the mace last Wednesday.

Recall that Omo-Agege, was last week suspended by the Senate for dragging the upper legislative chamber to court on the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010.

In the same vein, the embattled lawmaker had through his lawyers denied the Senate’s invasion saying he attended the plenary lawfully like any other Senator.

However, some lawmakers are pushing for his outright suspension for the rest of the legislative days of the 8th Senate.

According to a principal officer of the Senate: “The coincidence between Omo-Agege’s entry into the chamber and the invasion by the thugs was more than met the eye.

“Most of us are of the opinion that our colleague desecrated the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

“We have resolved that we will not allow him to resume sitting in the chamber under any excuse.

“Once a Senator is suspended rightly or wrongly, he or she has no business in the chamber.

“The coming of Omo-Agege on Wednesday was an affront.

“His suspension might be unfair, but he should not have fought his way into the chamber.”

Another Senator said: “Some of us have demanded for outright suspension of Omo-Agege for the rest of the legislative days in the 8th Senate.

“Actually, Omo-Agege was to be suspended for six months but the head of one of the security agencies prevailed on the leadership of the Senate to reduce it to 90 days.

“Now, with the desecration of the chamber by thugs, we believe he has no business in the 8th Senate anymore.”

In related development, the Senate has directed security agencies to prevent the suspended Senator Omo-Agege from further gaining entrance into its chamber

 

 

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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.

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Senator Omo-Agege’s Suspension ‘Illegal’ And ‘Unconstitutional’ Says Falana

Lagos human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has described as illegal and unconstitutional, the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege by the Senate.

According to him, no legislative house has the power to remove or suspend any of its member.

Recall that Senator Omo-Agege was suspended last Thursday for 90 legislative days for expressing his opinion on the election reordering bill.

Falana said: “No legislative house can suspend or remove a member. It is only a court of law or the constituency that elected them can order the removal or suspension of their representative.

“This is because when you remove or suspend a legislator,  his constituency no longer has a representative in that house and that is not legal”, he argued.

He recalled a case he handled involving a  female lawmaker in the Bauchi House of Assembly who was suspended indefinitely over a statement she made on the floor of the house.

He said the matter was fought up to the Court of Appeal which held that the legislative House had no such power.

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Delta APC Condemns Saraki Over Suspension Of Senator Omo-Agege

The Delta State Chapter of the ruling the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday condemned the suspension of Senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege.

The leader of the team, Chief Great Ogboru, at a press briefing in Abuja, on Tuesday, maintained that the senate has no mandate to suspend a fellow colleague for airing his views at the red chamber.

The Senate had on April 12, suspended Mr. Omo-Agege, for 90 legislative days (six months).

Mr. Omo-Agege was suspended over his comment that the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 to reorder the sequence of polls in a general election was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which investigated the matter recommended that Mr. Ndume be suspended for one year.

The report, which was presented by the committee’s chairman, Samuel Anyanwu, was considered by the lawmakers at plenary.

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Just In: Saraki’s Senate Suspends Senator Omo-Agege For Supporting President Buhari On Elections Reorder

The 8th Senate, under the leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki, has again suspend Senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege for for ninety (90) legislative days.

The suspension of the Delta Central lawmaker was recommended by the Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges which investigated him over comment on the reordering of electoral timetable.

The report which was submitted by the Committee Chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu explained that the erring Delta Central lawmaker declined to speak to the committee when he appeared.

The suspension of the Delta Central lawmaker was recommended by the Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges which investigated him over comment on the reordering of electoral timetable.

The report which was submitted by the Committee Chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu explained that the erring Delta Central lawmaker declined to speak to the committee when he appeared.

Prior to Omo-Agege’s suspension, Senator Saraki had orchestrated the removal of Senator Abdullahi Adamu as Chairman of Northern Senators Forum.

The removal is came a week after Mr. Adamu led nine others to oppose the Senate passage of the amendment to the electoral act.

Mr. Adamu (Nasarawa-APC), questioned the conduct of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in the passage process.

“We are part of the whole body of senators who oppose the process by which the so-called conference report was laid and considered as rushed. I had the opportunity (to speak), I was heard but the Senate President said my observation was being noted,” Mr. Adamu had said.

 

In related development, the Senator Saraki perfected the suspension of Ali Ndume, its former leader, for six months for asking an investigation into the allegations of importing a bullet proof range rover with fake documents involving Senator Saraki and that of perjury involving Dino Melaye.

 

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