By Henry Umoru
ABUJA— SENATE and House of Representatives Joint Committee investigating the invation of the Senate and stealing of the Mace, has summoned former Senate Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South, and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, APC, Delta Central to appear before it today.
The invitation of both Ndume and Omo-Agege by the committee is for them to explain their alleged roles in the attack of the Senate hallowed chamber on April 18, 2018 and subsequent stealing of the Mace, the symbol of authority.
Both Ndume and Omo-Agege were, last Wednesday, invited by the committee to appear as stated in separate letters of invitation sent to them for appearance, as they were expected to answer questions on allegations of aiding the invaders who forced their way into the chamber and seized the Senate mace.
Chairman of the committee and Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, APC Kebbi South, issued the summon at the committee meeting.
But the committee could not sit because of the consideration of report of 2018 Appropriation Bill which was considered, read the third time and passed.
It will be recalled that Senate President Bukola Saraki, had on April 25, announced the setting up of the investigative panel which is chaired by the Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC Kebbi South), to carry out a holistic probe into the invasion.
Other members of the committee from the Senate are Senators David Umaru (APC Niger East); Gbolahan Dada (APC Ogun West); Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central); Sam Anyanwu (PDP Imo East); Rose Oko (PDP Cross River North) and Usman Bayero Nafada (APC Gombe North).
From the House of Representatives, Betty Apiafi is Chairman, while Mark Terse Gbillah, Tobby Okechukwu, Aminu Sani Jaji, Ahmed Yerima, Akinfolarin Mayowa and Oscar Okoro are members.
Saraki had said: “It has been inferred in many quarters that this group of thugs and urchins were led by a serving distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (this) is most despicable and unspeakable requiring appropriate sanctions against perpetrators.”
‘I’ll appear, but…’
But speaking with Vanguard yesterday on the invitation to appear before the committee, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who said he would appear, stressed, however, that he has dragged the committee to court, restraining it from summoning him against the backdrop that he had no confidence in the chairman of the Committee, Senator Bala Ibn Na’ allah.
In a document obtained, yesterday, by Vanguard, Senator Omo-Agege, through his counsel, Alex Iziyon, SAN who is leading other lawyers, besides dragging the committee, also has the Senate, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; the Clerk of the National Assembly; the Attorney General of the Federation, the Inspector General of Police, IGP and the Department of State Services, DSS as defendants.