👤 By Adenike Lucas and Danjuma Aliyu
The Governor of Ekiti State has described the action of a senator who stole the mace from NASS as a coup.
In a post on Twitter, Ayodele Fayose said Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who brought in thugs to the Senate to steal the symbol of authority from the National Assembly today, should be charged with treason.
Governor Fayose said it was “shamefully embarrassing that for the first time since 1999, the National Assembly was invaded by thugs and the Senate Symbol of Authority taken away.”
He added: “Only thugs with Presidential backing could have carried out that treasonable act and those involved must be treated like coupists.”
The attack on the Senate comes days after Senator Omo-Agege was sanctioned for making an offensive comments on the floor.
In a bid to avoid being reprimanded, the 54-year-old who represents Delta Central Senatorial District took the matter to court, an act that got him suspended for 181 days.
With the intervention of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the suspension was reduced to 90days.
DENISAURUS News gathered that the suspended lawmaker was not pleased with the decision taken by his colleagues.
This paper learnt that during plenary today, the suspended lawmaker was able to sneak into the chamber, before his thugs forcefully snatched the mace – leaving staff memebers in a mode of panic.
By taking the mace forcefully, the Senate Chairman on Media and Public Affairs said Senator Omo-Agege has engaged in “an act of treason.”
Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said: “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.”
Senator Saraki, who is away in Washington on official duties has also condemned the act.
Member of the House of Representative have accused the NASS Security of being complacent. They said the security in the national assembly has a lot of questions to answer over the incident which occurred at about 11:00 this morning.
Femi Gbaja-Biamila said: “It affects the legislature in any democracy, this arm remains very vital. Thugs came into the senate chamber while senators were sitting and they took off the mace in a waiting vehicle.
“This is an anomaly. The assembly is porous “How did they get in? I think what we have to discuss today is how to beef up security. I think we should in solidarity send a delegation to the senate, identify with the senate and pick up some facts and get a committee to look into the security of the national assembly. They took the Mace and ran away. That’s sacrilegious.”
Another lawmaker Bode Ayorinde said: “The men that came to the national assembly constitute a security breach in which the hallowed chamber of the senate.
“One of the sergeant-at-arms was beaten down. The other one was beaten flat. Hon. Colleagues, this is a security breach. I move that we should as a House condemn the ugly incidence and we should set up an adhoc committee to investigate what has happened”
He said: “The national assembly, institution of legislature is under a terrorism attack. If the legislature can be attacked, where lies the fate of the executive and judiciary. Today, it is a mace.
“Assuming it is a member or a Senate that the terrorists have come to attack, if it not unravelled, it is a serious security matter. The security in the national assembly has a lot of questions to answer. What were the security personnel doing? We have sergert-at-arms here. The security details should also explain.”