Authorities of the Nigerian Senate have said that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was responsible for the invasion of the Senate plenary on Wednesday morning by persons suspected to be thugs, during which the mace was seized and taken away by the invaders.
Omo-Agege is currently on 90-day suspension 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.
In its verified Twitter handle, The Nigerian Senate, the authorities wrote: “Today, some hoodlums led by suspended Senator @OvieOmoAgege walked into the Senate plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the Upper Legislative Chamber, the mace.
“This action is an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Governemnt of Nigeria by force…”
Meanwhile, the Senate resumed plenary after coming out of an executive (closed-door) session where the earlier incident of forceful removal of the mace was deliberated upon.
The statement signed by the chairman, Senate committe on Media and Publicity, Aliyu Sabi said the session held with the mace, the official symbol of authority firmly in place, and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, presided.
The Senate also decided that it will get to the roots of this sad assault on democracy and an obvious act of treason which the seizure of the mace by some armed hodlums represents.
The Senate has mandated the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Kpotum Ibrahim and Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Mallam Lawan Daura, to retrieve the mace stolen by the hoodlums within 24 hours.
At the moment, some House of Representives members led by Deputy Speaker. Hon. Yusuf Lasun, are in the Senate chambers in solidarity visits. The session is presently live on NTA Channel 10.
“We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6pm”, says Ekweremadu.