Court stops further investigation into 2018 invasion of Senate, mace hijacking

Court stops further investigation into 2018 invasion of Senate, mace hijacking

- A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) retsrains the leadership of the National Assembly from considering the report on the invasion of the legislature

- The restraining order is pending the hearing of a suit filed by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

- Joined as defendants are the Senate president, his deputy, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and seven others

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court in Bwari, Abuja, has stopped the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and others from further probing the 2018 invasion of the National Assembly.

The invasion by some alleged thugs had resulted in the hijacking of the mace, the symbol of authority at the Senate.

The court restrained the leadership of the National Assembly from considering the report of an ad-hoc committee set up to probe the incident and report back to the lawmakers.

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The Nation reports that, Justice Othman Musa, who presided over the case, ruled that the restraining order should remain, pending the determination of a suit filed by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

“Leave is granted to the spplicant to serve the first to the 10th respondents by substituted means, by serving the originating motion and other processes in the suit on any responsible clerk or staff at the office of the clerk of the National Assembly at the National Assembly complex, Three Arms Zone, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, or publishing same processes in any national daily with national circulation,” the judge ruled further.

The judge further restrained the respondents, their servants, agents, officers, privies, sergeants-at-arms and others from taking any further action on this subject matter.

He urged the respondents to maintain the status quo pending the hearing of the originating motion.

He adjourned the till May 13 for the hearing of the originating motion and all pending applications.

The report said those listed as first to 10th defendants include Saraki, Dogara, deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.

Others are the deputy speaker, Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, Senator Bala Na’Allah, who chaired the joint ad-hoc committee on the invasion of the National Assembly on April 18, 2018 and the theft of the mace.

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Those also listed are: Betty Apiafi, the co-chairman of the ad-hoc committee, the clerk of the National assembly, the clerk of the Senate and the clerk of the House of Representatives.

In the suit, Omo-Agege claimed that Saraki had accused him of being responsible for the invasion even before he set up the ad-hoc committee.

According to Omo-Agege, that action by Saraki is prejudicial and pre-empting of the outcome of the investigation by the ad-hoc committee.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the Senate and the House of Representatives had concluded arrangements to take a final decision on the invasion of the National Assembly by suspected thugs, who made away with the Senate mace.

It was reported that there would be a debate on the report of the Senate ad-hoc committee that investigated the invasion next week.

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