Senate Invasion, A Message To Legislative Houses – Falana


File photo: Femi Falana

 

A human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, believes the invasion of the Senate has passed a message across to the National Assembly and other legislative bodies in the country.

Mr Falana said this on Wednesday during an exclusive interview with Channels Television, hours after some hoodlums stormed the Upper Chamber, disrupted proceedings, and made away with the mace.

Condemning the incident, the Red Chamber accused a suspended member, Senator Omo-Agege, of leading the hoodlums to plenary to seize its symbol of authority.

The police had consequently arrested Senator Omo-Agege, although the lawmaker has since denied any involvement in the theft of the mace and the invasion of the Upper House.

Falana, in his reaction, said, “I think the National Assembly leadership and all the legislative houses in the country are being told that they must learn to operate under the law and not above the law.”

Explaining further, he noted that the invasion of the Upper House has proven that no legislative house can suspend or remove a member except a court or the constituency that elected such lawmaker.

The lawyer, however, condemned the incident and stressed that the National Assembly must get to the root of the incident and ensure the stolen mace was recovered.

He said the invasion implied that the proceedings of the Senate would stand suspended until the mace was produced, adding that it would be dangerous to produce another one.

The Senate had issued a statement shortly after the incident occurred, describing the invasion as an act of treason and an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force.

Barely 24 hours after the incident, the police revealed said they have recovered the stolen mace after the National Assembly ordered the heads of the police and the Department of State Service (DSS) to recover the mace within.

According to the police in a statement on Thursday, the hoodlums abandoned the mace at a point under the flyover before the City Gate in Abuja, where a passer-by saw it and alerted them.

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