Strong reactions have continued to trail Wednesday’s mace-theft saga in the Nigerian Senate, especially as it concerned the involvement of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Senator Representing Delta Central Senatorial Disctrict.
While the apex socio-cultural group representing the interest of Urhobo nation, the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Senator Omo-Agege’s countrymen, condemned the attack reported attack on the Senate by thugs, other well-placed Urhobo persons saw a plot to frame their kinsman up.
Chief Abel Oshevire, the Spokesman of the UPU, who emphasized the fact that the Urhobo nation did not send its senator to go disturb the peace of the Senate, said Omo-Agege would only get the support of the UPU if he is able to prove he was not involved to the attack and the eventual hijack of the symbol of the Senate’s authority, the mace.
But an Urhobo senior chief in Uvwie Kingdom and former Delta state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Victor Otomiewo, revealed that there was more to the incident at the Senate than meet the eyes, wondering how the heist managed to sail through, with a perfect escape, without any resistance.
Stating the position of the UPU during a phone call with the Nation in Warri on Thursday, the body’s spokesman, Oshevire, who was Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the then-governor, Chief James Ibori, said the Urhobo people are well-mannered and would never condone brigandage by anybody, adding that the UPU would support any action against its senator if he is proven to be linked to the incident.
“As far as the UPU is concerned in the first place, Ovie Omo-Agege is our senator, representing the Urhobo nation and we recognize him, no doubt about that, but the UPU as the umbrella body of the Urhobo people, we are strongly against what he has done, if indeed Ovie Omo-Agege is responsible for the attack on the hallowed chambers of the Senate.