JONAS EZIEKE, Abuja
An ad-hoc Committee set up by the House of Representatives to investigate the incident of invasion of the Senate Chambers by hoodlums and carting away of its mace has recommended the suspension of the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District at the upper legislative house Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege.
The House after clause by clause consideration adopted the Committee’s report which was laid by a member of the Committee Hon. Betty Apiafi.The Committee comprises Senators and members of the House was led by Sen. Bala Ibn N’allah.
It its report, the Committee recommended the immediate suspension of Sen. Ovie Omo- Agege for 180 Legislative days in line with Sect 14(2) of the Legislative Houses (Powers and Priviledges) Act 2017.It further recommended the immediate prosecution of the lawmaker and six other suspects for treasonable felony, assault, occassioning harm, conspiracy to steal and actual stealing of the mace, the symbol of authority of the parliament.
The Committee also recommended that Senator Omo-Agege be prosecuted for incitement and breach of peace in the Chambers of the Senate and contempt ex-_facie.
The lawmakers also said that the Police’s preliminary investigation preliminary investigation on the issue should be intensified with a view to bringing those found culpable into custody.The Committee further said that the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act should be amended to clearly vest the power of maintaining peace and order within the Chambers and precincts of the Legislative Houses on the Sergeant At-Arms
They also commended the Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremmadu for refusing to be intimidated by the invasion and upholding the office as prescribed in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).It would be recalled that on April 29, 2018 the hallowed Chambers of the Senate was invaded by hoodlums suspected to be loyalists of Sen. Ovie Omo Agege and carted its mace during its plenary.
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