Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) and Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) have been summoned in connection with the theft and they have been alleged of aiding the invaders who stole the Senate mace.
The chairman of the investigating committee, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, issued the summon at the committee meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
The summon follows testimonies from heads of different security agencies within the National Assembly alleging that Mr Omo-Agege led seven unauthorised personnel into the red chamber and disrupted plenary.
It was also alleged that Mr Ndume hindered the mace keeper from taking away the mace to safety.
The committee said the summon would enable further investigations after both persons were indicted by security operatives attached to the Nigerian Senate:
“Based on the testimony of the sergeant at arms before the committee, you (Mr Ndume) are alleged to have prevented the mace keeper from taking away the mace to safety.
“The committee has, therefore, deemed it necessary to invite you in order to respond to that allegation.
“As regards to Omo-Agege, based on the testimony of the DPO, the SSS and the sergeant at arms, you are alleged to have entered the National Assembly accompanied by seven persons who allegedly took the mace of the Senate during plenary session on April 18,
at about 11:30 a.m.
“All those who testified, stated that the said people were cleared into the chamber based on your confirmation that they were with you.
“The committee,in pursuance of this,has deemed it necessary to formally invite you to respond to these allegations on Wednesday, May 16 at 11:00am,” Mr Na’Allah read out the format of the letter to be issued to the summoned lawmakers.”
A lot of prominent personalities including political stakeholders, analysts, diplomats and the Nigerian President condemned the theft of the mace.
It was later recovered under a bridge in Abuja.