Senate Awaits Petition to Probe Omo-Agege
The Senate on Tuesday disclosed that it will not hesitate to probe the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, over allegations that he was convicted of felony in a California court in the United States, if a petition to that effect is sent to the upper legislative chamber.
coalition of civil society groups had recently canvassed for the resignation of Omo-Agege over his alleged conviction for felony while practising as a lawyer in the United States in 1998.
The Senate spokesman, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, while answering reporters’ questions on the issue after plenary, gave an assurance that the Senate will investigate such allegation once any individual or group sends in a petition to that effect.
He cited as an example the investigation carried out by the Senate last year of Senator Elisha Abbo, who was alleged via a petition sent to the Senate that he slapped a pregnant woman in Abuja a few weeks before he was sworn in as a senator.
He said: “On the issue of Elisha Abbo, a senator stood up and raised a matter of public interest. We discussed it and we set up a committee but because that matter is in the court of law, we said we should keep it in abeyance. There is nothing wrong with that.”
Akwashiki added that the allegations against the Deputy Senate President did not even happen in Nigeria.
“What I know is that we are senators, and if somebody petitions the Senate on the allegations against the DSP, I want to assure you that we will look into it,” he said.
Shedding more light on the issue, the Senate spokesman stressed that “the issue of the Deputy Senate President (DSP) just like any other person I read in the news but I want to say here that I am speaking here for the 9th Senate, I am not speaking for American court or judiciary as an arm of government in Nigeria.
“The issue of Elisha Abbo is similar but entirely different from the issue of the Deputy Senate President. We are senators and lawmakers, so we should be seen working within the purview of the law of the land”