Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has been released by the police following the invasion of the Senate by thugs suspected to have been mobilised by the Delta senator.
Protesters stormed the Senate chamber on Wednesday, April 18, and stole the mace. They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV.
In a statement released by the office of the senator representing Delta central, Omo-Agege denied that he was arrested by the police after the incident. He explained that he was instead invited to provide his own side of the story on the disappearance of the mace.
“On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the Senate purportedly suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. However, based on legal advice and his understanding of the current position of the law, Senator Omo-Agege today resumed work and sitting with his colleagues.
“A few champions of the unconstitutional, invalid and tyrannical suspension tried to stop him but those who opposed it welcomed and protected him throughout the sitting. We are grateful to the many Distinguished Senators who stood by Senator Omo-Agege.
“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.
”We are also aware of a statement allegedly issued by the Senate Spokesperson, Senator Abdullahi Sabi. Without any investigation, Senator Sabi willfully, deliberately and unfairly made very serious allegations against Senator Omo-Agege on the Mace incident. We are carefully studying Senator Sabi’s allegations to ascertain their full ramifications. Appropriate responses will follow, as may be necessary”.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the Senate suspended Ovie Omo-Agege for 90 legislative days. The upper legislative chamber took the decision after it considered a report by its ethics committee. The committee had recommended that the senator is suspended for 181 days but the Senate reduced it after pleas from lawmakers. Omo-Agege was one of the senators who kicked against the election reordering bill.