Osibanjo sympathise with senate over thug invasion, promises to join forces to unravel root cause

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu on Wednesday briefed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the invasion of the Senate plenary by suspected thugs said to have been led by a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege.

Addressing State House correspondents later, Ekweremadu said he was at the Presidential Villa to brief Osinbajo on the incident because President Muhammadu Buhari was not around.

He said Osinbajo sympathized with the Senate over the invasion and “he is going to join forces with us to ensure that we get to the root of the matter to make sure that this will not happen again.

“It was appropriate for him to know what transpired because we run a democracy, we are all in one government and it is the responsibility of the president or the vice president to ensure law and order in the country, and once we have this kind of major development, it is important that he is briefed at the earliest opportunity.

“The Senate President is out of the country. It is therefore my responsibility to come over and brief the Vice President.

“For us it’s a threat to our democracy, the invasion of the parliament is not acceptable to any person, it’s not acceptable to me, it’s not acceptable to the VP, it’s not acceptable to my colleagues, I believe it’s not also acceptable to the president. So, those who acted this script must be on their own.

“All we need to do as a country is to ensure that this is forestalled, and I want to appeal to the media to help us discourage this kind of brigandage so that people have to behave in a very responsible manner. But let me assure you that we are on top of the situation, we did our sitting today (Wednesday) and we are going to continue tomorrow (Thursday),” he said.

Ekweremadu said it was a breach of law for Senator Omo-Agege to force himself into the Senate chambers.

“Police is still investigating, we are going to find out the details of those who aided him to come in and then some of them, I believe, have been arrested and we will get to the root of the matter,” he added.

 

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