Mace Theft: Nigerian senators disagree over court ruling

Two Nigerian senators on Wednesday engaged in a war of words over a court order.

Isah Misau (PDP, Bauchi Central) and Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) disagreed on the order barring the Senate from considering a report.

Mr Misau accused Mr Omo-Agege of abusing the judicial process and the generosity of the leadership of the Senate with some of his actions, which, he said, seek to bring down the institution.

His statement was a reaction to a court order restraining the leadership of the National Assembly and eight other parties from considering the report of the Senates ad-hoc committee. The committee was set up to probe the April 18, 2018, invasion of the Senate by some yet-to-be identified hoodlums.

Mr Misau said Mr Omo-Agege’s objective was to prevent the report of the committee from being considered.

He said Mr Omo-Agege’s action has shown the reason why the Senate should actually go ahead and consider the report and act on it, no matter the odds.

Mace Theft

In April 2018, some hoodlums invaded the Senate chamber during plenary, carting away the mace which serves as a symbol of authority in the legislature.

Mr Omo-Agege is believed to have led the hoodlums into the chamber. One of the hoodlums went straight for the mace, grabbed it and made for the exit.

The Delta lawmaker has however, denied any wrongdoing.


A joint ad-hoc committee was constituted to investigate the invasion of the Senate chamber.

The committee recommended the immediate suspension of Ovie Omo-Agege, the Delta Central senator, for 180 legislative days.

It also called for the immediate prosecution of Mr Omo-Agege and six other suspects on charges of treasonable felony, assault occasioning harm, conspiracy to steal and actual theft of the mace.

The committee also resolved that Mr Omo-Agege should be prosecuted for incitement and breach of peace inside the Senate chamber.

Mr Omo-Agege, however, challenged the legitimacy of the ad-hoc committee in court.

Court order

An Abuja high court on Tuesday restrained the national assembly leadership and eight others from considering the report of the ad-hoc committee, Daily Trust newspaper reported.

The court said the restraining order shall remain pending the determination of a suit filed by Mr Omo-Agege.

Mr Misau, in his statement, said the court cannot stop the legislature from the performance of its constitutional duties.

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