Mace theft: What Senator Omo-Agege told investigative panel


The lawmaker representing Delta Central, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Tuesday, appeared before the joint Ad-hoc Committee investigating the invasion of the Senate and the theft of mace during Senate plenary last month.

The committee had last week Tuesday, invited Senator Omo-Agege and former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, to answer questions surrounding their involvement in the theft of the Senate’s symbol of authority on Wednesday, the 18th of April 2018.

Appearing before the Committee on Tuesday, Omo-Agege declined to respond to the allegations levelled against him, insisting that the matter was in court.

Following this, Senator Shehu (Kaduna Central), a member of the Committee, implored Omo-Agege to be brave enough to defend his actions on the day the mace was stolen. He urged Omo-Agege to deliver “a powerful speech” irrespective of whether the case was in court.

“I think we should know that history is not simply about what the judgement of the court is, there is the judgement of God and posterity.

“If you have taken an action, you should be prepared to defend it. I have said and done things that my colleagues were not comfortable with, but if I have been invited by a panel even if it is headed by the Senate President, I will stand and speak and defend my action,” Sani asserted.

Responding, Senator Omo-Agege stressed that he is not a coward but refused to speak on his actions that day.

“Because I am in court, I will not make any comment. I look forward to the day I will have such an opportunity.

“I am not a coward by any means, if I have anything to say or any explanation to give, I will give it any day, anywhere. I am not scared of anybody but because I am in court, that is the reason I will not respond to the allegations raised, it is not out of cowardice,” he maintained.

This response turned the meeting into a show of legal knowledge as the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Bala Na’Allah, and Omo-Agege, who are both lawyers, argued on the position of the law.

Omo-Agege presented papers showing that the office of the Deputy Senate Leader and Chairman of the panel had been served. However, Na’Allah argued that such service must be personal since he was sued as a person and not his office.

“I am aware that service has to be personal, that is an elementary position of the law that I still remember from my university days,” Na’Allah told Omo-Agege.

Other members of the joint Ad-hoc Committee also claimed not to have been served in person, with members of the green chamber, in particular, moving for the proceedings to continue.

Nevertheless, when the Chairman put the question before the panel, Omo-Agege’s request not to speak was granted and he was excused from the meeting.

Finally, the other invited Senator, Ali Ndume, noted that he only appeared before the panel “out of respect” for his colleagues and demanded a closed-door meeting devoid of press presence, a wish that was also granted by the panel.

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