The legislator at the centre of the drama, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was last night in police custody following his arrest after he led thugs into the Senate chambers to disrupt the Senate sitting. He was later released. Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who was presiding and many other senators were briefly bundled into the tea room as the thugs rained mayhem on the chambers before taking away the Senate mace.
A female National Assembly security official fainted after she was slapped by one of the thugs who, on their way out of the National Assembly, also abducted Senator Adeola (Yayi), the senator representing Lagos West. Senator Adeola was bundled into the escape SUV vehicle where the heavies had earlier put the Senate Mace. He, however, Wizkid plants… to Savage fought his way out of the vehicle at the car park before the invaders left the National Assembly complex. Senator Ekweremadu, who held fort in the absence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, yesterday evening, visited the Presidential Villa where he briefed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue. The incident, which was the first recorded invasion of any of the chambers of the National Assembly immediately roused a nationwide uproar with the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP joining in the condemnation. After normalcy was restored, the leadership of the House of Representatives paid a solidarity visit to the Senate which in its immediate response called the invasion an act of treason.
How it all started
The mayhem unfolded at 11:16 a.m., when Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) entered the Senate chambers barely 15 minutes after commencement of the day’s plenary which was presided over by Senator Ekweremadu. He arrived as petitions from senators were being taken. Though he was not supposed to enter the chambers, the heavies numbering about 15 overpowered the Sergeant-at-Arms’ officials to force the suited Omo-Agege inside the chamber. Eight of the thugs entered the chambers while the remaining took position outside. As they overpowered the unarmed Sergeant-at-Arms officials, one of them shouted: “Nigeria belongs to all of us, we are all Nigerians, we have come to bring in our Senator to have his seat as our Senator.” As he entered the chamber, Omo-Agege went straight towards the dais where Senator Ekweremadu sat in the chair of the presiding officer. Ekweremadu, it was gathered, was then escorted by National Assembly security to the tea room where he was joined by other senators who came to seek refuge. As the drama unfolded,
one of the thugs grabbed the mace and sprinted towards the door but was immediately tackled by officials of the Sergeant-at-Arms who were overpowered as other heavies joined to fight off the National Assembly security officials. Some of them were injured, and a female official reportedly fainted upon a slap by one of the thugs. Some of the thugs, who were well dressed and some in safari suits proceeded with the mace into a waiting black SUV.