#MissingMace: Police arrest, release suspended Senator Omo-Agege

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The FCT Police Command has released the suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, who was arrested for allegedly leading thugs into Senate plenary to disrupt the Senate plenary and took away the Mace.

The suspended Senator was arrested at about 2:00pm Nigerian time after some hoodlums suspected to be his supporters stormed the senate plenary and went away with the chamber’s symbol of authority.

The arrest, which was carried out by the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, followed the request of the Senate leadership which accused the suspended the Senator of committing treason.

Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central in the Upper chamber, was last week suspended for 90 legislative days over his comments against the chamber during the poll reordering controversy. Omo-Agege had accused his colleagues of targeting President Muhammadu Buhari in its amended electoral act which changed the order of the general election.

Although the Senator initially apologized for his comments, he later retracted same after he approached the Court for fear of being suspended by the Chamber.

In the meantime, the National Assembly leadership has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Director-General of the DSS, Mamman Daura to recover the missing Mace within 24 hours.

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Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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