A joint ad-hoc committee of the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives investigating the recent invasion of the upper chamber by alleged hoodlums and stealing of the mace has summoned Ali Ndume and Ovie Omo-Agege.
Ndume representing Borno and Omo-Agege from Delta on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were summoned for allegedly aiding the invaders in an incident that happened on April 18.
Premium Times reports that the joint ad-hoc committee chairman, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, issued the summon at the committee meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, May 15.
The report said the action of the committee followed testimonies from heads of different security agencies within the National Assembly who claimed Omo-Agege led seven unauthorised personnel into the red chamber and disrupted plenary.
The testimomies further showed that Ndume allegedly hindered the mace keeper from taking it away to safety.
“Based on the testimony of the sergeant at arms before the committee, you (Mr Ndume) are alleged to have prevented the mace keeper from taking away the mace to safety.
“The committee has, therefore, deemed it necessary to invite you in order to respond to that allegation.
“As regards to Omo-Agege, based on the testimony of the DPO, the SSS and the sergeant at arms, you are alleged to have entered the National Assembly accompanied by seven persons who allegedly took the mace of the Senate during plenary session on April 18, at about 11:30am.
“All those who testified, stated that the said people were cleared into the chamber based on your confirmation that they were with you.
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“The committee,in pursuance of this,has deemed it necessary to formally invite you to respond to these allegations on Wednesday, May 16 at 11am,” Na’Allah said while reading out the format of the letter to be issued to the summoned lawmakers.
The report said the National Assembly divisional police officer, Sulu-Gambari Abdul, had earlier accused both senators of conspiracy with the thugs who invaded the Senate.
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