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Saraki, Dogara, others meet over mace theft

By: Gideon |Time : April 24, 2018, 01:52:45 AM
The leadership of the Senate held a marathon meeting on Monday night over the last Wednesday’s invasion of its chamber and snatching of its mace by suspected thugs.

In attendance at the meeting were the presiding and principal officers of both the Senate and House of Representatives, according to a source at the meeting.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf, were in attendance.

The meeting, which was held at Saraki’s Maitama, Abuja, residence began at 8pm and ended at about 11.30pm.

Journalists were not allowed to cover the meeting and none of them spoke with the press on the outcome of the meeting.

However, one of the aides of Saraki said that the issues discussed at the meeting revolved around the stolen mace and the activities of the pro-President Muhammadu Buhari’s senators.

The aide said, “I cannot give you the details until I see my boss and that will be tomorrow (Tuesday).”

The Senate had penultimate week proscribed the Parliamentary Support Group, a group of senators loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari and are against the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010.

But its members had objected to the proscription.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly also suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who is Secretary of the group, for dragging the Senate to court on the Electoral Act amendment.

It was exclusively reported on Sunday that there were strong indications that members of the PSG had concluded plans to challenge the suspension of Omo-Agege, and ensuring a reversal of the suspension

It was learnt that the move to vacate the suspension would begin with a point of order to be made by one of the group’s members.

It was further learnt that as part of the group’s plans to fight back, the PSG , at the plenary on Tuesday, would also challenge the ban on the activities of the group by the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

Omo-Agege had dismissed his suspension as illegal, insisting on continuing with his legislative duties. But it had exclusively been reported on Saturday that the Senate had officially informed security men of his suspension and ordered that he be prevented from the chamber.

Omo-Agege, who was accused by the Senate of sponsoring the attack on the chamber, had denied knowing the attackers.

He had entered the chamber same time with the attackers but remained on his seat till the end of plenary. But he did not attend the session on Thursday.

Re: Saraki, Dogara, others meet over mace theft

By: Gideon |Time : April 24, 2018, 01:55:15 AM
Well, meetings of this nature are needed so as to ensure what happened last week does not happen again. It was quite embarrassing considering that some legislative members from Ghana were present on that day.

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