At the expiration of the 72 hours’ ultimatum given by a group of coalition, demanding the prosecution of Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, over an alleged conviction for perjury in the United States by the Bar Court of the State of California, Los Angeles in 1996 to resign from office.
The coalition on Friday stormed the headquarters of the Department of State Services in Abuja with various placards with inscriptions like ‘Omo-Agege should be prosecuted’, ‘End impunity in the Nigeria Senate now’, ‘DSS, act now’, ‘The Nigerian Senate is for honourable men and women, not for ex-convicts’ and ‘Don’t destroy our Senate with ex-convicts.’
The spokesperson for the groups and convener, Coalition of Civil Society and Youth Groups in Nigeria and National Coordinator, Empowerment for Unemployed Youths Initiative, Solomon Adodo, had at a press conference in Abuja argued that such silence contravened the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and the rules of the Senate.
He said the demand was necessitated by the “available information that gave credence to the fact that Ovie Omo-Agege was numerously convicted by the State Bar Court of the State of California, Los Angeles, USA and that he served jail term.”
But Omo-Agege had in his response earlier by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yomi Odunuga, said he had been cleared of all charges in the said case and was never a convict in the USA as being alleged.
The protesters in the protest letter which was received by a senior official of the DSS on behalf of its Director-General, Yusuf Bichi, said available information before the coalition, indicated that “in 1998, Augustine Ovie Omo-Agege was suspended from the practice of law with probation for three years by the Supreme Court of the State of California, having been convicted for forgery of cheques on March 7, 1992 in violation of Penal Code, Section 470.”