The expanded investigative committee of the National Assembly charged to unravel the circumstances that led to the unfortunate theft of the senate mace was Tuesday, taken aback as embattled senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta central refused to make any statement, claiming it was a matter of subjudice.
The committee invited Omo-Agege following the allegation that he brought in the political thugs that invaded NASS and violently made away with the senate mace.
The accusation was based on the statements before the committee made by the affected security officers on duty that fateful day wherein it was disclosed that Omo-Agege told the guards on duty who wanted to stop the thugs, “They are with me”.
But appearing before the committee today for him to respond to the allegation preferred against him, the lawmaker declined comment.
When asked to say which rule he relied his action purportedly to stop the investigative committee from carrying out its mandate, he cited senate rule 53 subsection 5. But the committee faulted his basis, saying it was a misrepresentation of facts.
The 1999 constitution, section 62 as amended was also cited to counter Omo-Agege’s claim.
Also, Senator Ali Ndume appeared before the committee over the role he allegedly played during the invasion and snatching of the senate mace. But Ndume called on the committee to sit at a close door. His prayer was granted with the departure of the reporters covering the proceedings.
However, Omo-Agege during the session had displayed a court process from his suit involving the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, deputy Senate Leader and chairman of the investigation committee, Bala Ibn Na’Allah and other committee members as respondents.