The Nigerian House of Representatives, on Wednesday, April 18, condemned the morning attack on the Senate by suspected thugs.
The lower chamber described the attack as “act of terrorism,” demanding an immediate investigation.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that a group of hoodlums who are supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) senator from Delta state, Ovie Omo-Agege, stormed the Upper Legislative Chamber of the National Assembly during it's Wednesday, April 18, plenary session and stole the mace.
The meeting was on for about 21 minutes when the thugs gained access into the venue and stole the mace
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com, the Senate spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (Niger, APC), described the action as an act of treason and called for police action.
The statement read: “Today, some hoodlums led by suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, 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 Government of Nigeria by force, and it must be treated as such. All security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilize their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the mastermind and the perpetrators of this act."
The mace is the symbol of authority and power of the legislatives.
Omo-Agege before his suspension, had openly opposed the red chamber's elections reordering bill and subsequently instituted a case against the Senate in court to avoid being punished for his actions.
The Senate ethics committee had earlier recommended that Omo-Agege be suspended for 181 days but the Senate reduced it after pleas from his colleagues.
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