Members of the House of Representatives have expressed their solidarity with the upper chamber, following the attack on the Senate by thugs suspected to be loyal to a suspended member of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
As at press time, Reps, who were in the National Assembly premises at the time of the incident, moved en-masse to the Red Chamber in a show of solidarity with the leadership and members of the Senate.
Recall that earlier, thugs reportedly led by the Senator Omo-Agege stormed the Senate Chamber, and carted away the maze, which is the symbol of authority in the House.
Sources at the NASS said that two persons were injured during the scuffle, and had been taken to the hospital for medical attention while three of the invaders had been arrested.
In his response to today’s crisis, Senate spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said:
“Today, some hoodlums led by suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, walked into the senate plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the Upper Legislative Chamber, the maze.
“An action is an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, and it must be treated as such.
“All security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilise their personnel to retrieve the maze and apprehend the perpetrators of this act.
“This action is also an affront on the legislature and the Leadership of the House has come to express their support against this action.
“The Senate is now in an Executive session. an updates statement will be released immediately after the closed-door session.”