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Published On: Thu, Apr 19th, 2018

Osinbajo sympathizes with Senate on invasion – Ekweremadu

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Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu…says heads will roll over incidence

By Lawrence Olaoye

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has said that the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo sympathized with the leadership of the Senate over the invasion of the Chamber by suspected hoodlums who carted away the mace, the symbol of legislative authority.
Briefing newsmen after a meeting with the Vice President yesterday, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwermadu said those found culpable in the invasion incidence would be dealt with accordingly.
Asked what was the reaction of the Vice President to his visit, Ekweremadu said “He (Osinbajo) has sympathized with us over what happened 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. For us it’s a threat to our democracy. The invasion of the parliament is not acceptable to any person, its not acceptable to me, its not acceptable to the VP, its not acceptable to my colleagues, I believe its 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 and we are going to continue tomorrow.”
On whether the alleged arrowhead of the invasion and the suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege had the right to enter the chamber, Ekweremadu said “It was a breach of the law for him to force himself into the chambers. As I said 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.”

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