…we have found the stolen Mace— POLICE
By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator, Lagos.
CONSTITUTIONAL lawyer and rights activist, Barrister Olayinka Sanni has condemned in strong terms, the bizarre invasion Wednesday, of the Upper Legislative House allegedly by thugs working for the suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and snatching the mace during plenary warning that Nigerians should prepare for the worst in 2019 elections. The erudite lawyer who described the act as a failed coup d’état also took a swipe on the security network in and around the National Assembly saying it was shameful and regrettable altogether for thugs to arm-twist all the security agents, stormed the hallowed chambers and stole the symbol of authority. He therefore, wants the Police high command to do a discrete probe of the incident with a view to bringing all involved in the despicable act to bear the wrath of the law. According to him, if the Senator representing Delta Central was culpable as alleged, then he should be tried for treason in accordance with extant laws. Reacting to Police report that it had found the stolen mace and sighting instances where similar occurrences had taken, the Lagos based legal luminary recalled that because such had happened in Rivers and Edo States respectively and the matter was treated with kid gloves hence a reenactment at the national level. “This is an aberration, a mockery of democracy and shame of a failing society. It is no less a botched coup d’état which attracts treasonable punishment. I don’t care whether the Police have found it or not, the mere fact that thugs could brace up, stormed the hallowed chambers even when plenary was going on is smacks of a backsliding nation. It also puts a question mark on the security of lives and property. If this had happened in a sane society, head of all security agencies would voluntarily vacated their seats because it is a dent. Don’t forget that similar incidences had occurred in Rivers and Edo States respectively; agreed those were at the state levels but the fact remains that the mace is the symbol of authority and because these two cases were treated with kid gloves, nobody was held accountable and punished to serve as deterrent, hence such could rear its ugly head and this time around at the national level. If it is established that Ovie Omo-Agege was actually behind this desecration of the Upper House, then he is no longer fit to sit in that House anymore as a law maker. He should not only be arrested, but tried immediately and jailed because what he has done is a failed coup d’état which carries treasonable punishment. To Ovie and other pro-Buhari loyalists they are working in favour of President Buhari, but they have further rubbished whatever stance they propagate that attracted Ovie Omo-Agege’s suspension.”
Continuing, Barrister Sanni said, “Most importantly, the bizarre scenario that unfolded yesterday at the National Assembly is a worrisome and warning signal of the worst that is to come during 2019 election. It was a total breakdown of law and order. If this can happen as a result of the controversies surrounding the reordering of the election timetable, what would then happen during the elections proper? Those in governance should watch it, Nigerians should be prepared to witness worse scenarios and except somebody is used as a scapegoat for all these acts of gross indiscipline and barefaced disregards for our constitution then, we are near doom.”
The Mace being snatched away at the NASS…