- The security at the National Assembly has reportedly been doubled as the court nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
- This is to check likely break down of law and order as experienced when the mace was forcefully taken away in April
- Omo-Agege is expected to resume plenary on Tuesday, May 15, after the court ruling
Security was on Monday, May 14, beefed up at the National Assembly, Abuja, ahead of expected resumption of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege following Thursday’s Abuja High Court nullification of his suspension by the Senate.
Strengthening of security arrangement at the complex, especially around the Senate Chambers is to forestall likely security breach as recorded on April 18, when some hoodlums stormed the chambers and made away with the Mace.
The incident which occurred while plenary was ongoing in the chambers was linked to Omo-Agege, who defied the suspension order on him and attended the proceedings, accompanied by some strange fellows into the chamber.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that apart from full security detail in the chamber of the red chamber on Monday, police officers were seen at the lobby leading into the chamber, a development that is unusual on a non-sitting day.
Sergeants-at-Arms were also seen in clusters discussing in hush tones, and apparently perfecting the security beef-up.
Some staff of the assembly, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the development was not unconnected with the expected return of Omo-Agege to the chamber on Tuesday after the court judgment in his favour.
They confirmed that the move to check likely break down of law and order as experienced when the mace was forcefully taken away.
Omo-Agege had gone to court to challenge his 90 legislative days suspension by the Senate and the court in its ruling declared the action unconstitutional, saying that the Senate could not suspend a member beyond 12 days .
His suspension was based on his comment that amendment to section 25 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), bordering on reordering of elections sequence was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
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In a related news, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian Senate, on Monday, May 14, reacted to the judgement nullifying the 90-day suspension handed to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta central constituency.
Senate's spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, in a statement released late Monday, said the Senate will comply with the court order and allow Omo-Agege to resume plenary.
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