Invasion: Panel may impose more sanctions on Omo-Agege


The Senate may have concluded arrangements to impose fresh sanctions on suspended Delta Central senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, over his alleged role in the invasion of the Senate chamber by thugs.

This is coming as the upper chamber Tuesday referred the report of its panel on the investigation of the April 18 invasion to the chamber to the Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition Committee to review.

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday met President Muhammadu Buhari over the invasion, the alleged ill treatment of Senator Dino Melaye by the police and the 2018 budget.

After the invasion, Saraki on April 25 constituted an adhoc committee chaired by Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah to investigate the circumstances that led to the incident.

The committee was given two weeks to report back to the Senate in plenary for further action

Saraki Tuesday announced that the Na’Allah led adhoc committee had concluded its assignment.

He further told the Senate that the report of the adhoc committee had been assigned to the committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to scrutinize and make recommendations for more legislative action.

Saraki said, “The report on the invasion of the Senate is ready. It has been given to the Senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions. The committee is to review the report and come up with recommendations for the consideration of the Senate.”

Sources close to the leadership of the Senate noted that “there is no doubt that Senator Omo-Agege will be in for more trouble following the perceived role he was said to have played in the invasion of the Senate chamber.

The source said that “Omo-Agege may not escape the recommendation that he should proceed on indefinite suspension.”

According to the source, “the role of Omo-Agege during and after the invasion of the hallowed chamber of the Senate was too glaring to be ignored.”

Findings further showed that security agents said to have found “culpable” during the invasion would not be scolded.

Some of the security personnel, he said, will be redeployed “for dereliction of duty.”

He said that the committee is also expected to come up with ways and means to strengthen security in and around the National Assembly.

On the masked operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) which took over the internal security of the National Assembly last week, he said that the development was part of the new security architecture in the National Assembly which may be permanent.  (The Nation)

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