The Oasis Reporters
April 20, 2018
Outside of Delta State, little is known of Senator Ovie Omo – Agege, the star actor in the infamous Senate thriller and blockbuster movie of Snatching The Mace enacted in the Senate chamber.
But the 54 year old lawyer comes from a distinguished pedigree. His father was the longest serving Chief Judge of Delta State in oil rich south south state. He served for five years and was the judge who sentenced former Bendel state’s notorious gang of armed bandits, Lawrence Anini, Monday Osunbor and George Iyamu, a
police superintendent accomplice of the robbery gang to death by firing squad in the mid eighties.
Ovie reaped bountifully from his father’s good name in Delta state because when he ran to be senator of Delta Central on the ticket of little known Labour Party, the Urhobo tribe took time out from their traditional People’s Democratic Party, PDP to give him their mandate.
While in the Senate chamber as the only Labour Party Senator, he quickly dumped the party that brought him to power and joined the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC in March 2017. And he became vociferously pro president Muhammadu Buhari at a time the president’s popularity was on the wane over his dismal performance on the economy, silence on killer Fulani herdsmen who want to cleanse the middle belt of aborigines and take over their land for 18th Century style cow husbandry and many other perceived sundry infractions. Omo – Agege rose to his defence each time.
Then came the new order of 2019 elections sequence being debated by the Senate. Ovie Omo Agege said the move of his colleagues could be targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection bid and he was agitated about this. His vociferous outpouring brought his Senate colleagues against him.
And they suspended him from the upper legislative house for 90 days
after being dragged to the committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions.
One week after the senate suspension, Ovie Omo-Agege stormed the red chamber with suspected thugs who snatched the mace. To onlookers, the senator’s action-packed invasion could have resembled an action thriller movie made from Hollywood.
Suddenly, the social media became agog, trending the scene picked from the lawmaker’s television network, replaying the flick over and over again, such that global brands like the Cable News Network, CNN picked it up and put the name, Ovie Omo-Agege on global lips worldwide.
Senator Ovie Omo – Agege is a child of the establishment and the likelihood of serious hammer descending on him are remote.
During his mandatory one year youth service, NYSC, this son of a former Chief Justice served with the Nigerian Police as an attorney at the directorate of criminal investigation and intelligence, Nigerian Police Force in Ilorin, Kwara state between 1987 and 1988. He’s quite well known there. And popular too.
He got his law degree from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), in 1985 and proceeded to the law school a year later. He bagged a master’s of law degree from Tulane University Law School, New Orleans in 2002. He has practised law both in Nigeria and in the United States of America.
His father, James Omo-Agege died on August 18, 2016. In a tribute to his father, the suspended senator wrote: “Without a doubt, our father’s legacy is a most courageous, dignifying and glorious one. We are grateful for his life of absolute honour, dignity, and patriotism. His love for the rule of law and the judiciary is etched in history for all time. We can only celebrate his greatness.”
In 2003, Omo-Agege was appointed an executive assistant by James Ibori, former governor of Delta state. The governor later appointed him as the commissioner for special duties. He also enjoyed a short spell as secretary to the state government.
The father of five and traditional chief in his native Urhobo land was a gubernatorial aspirant in Delta state for many years.
President Muhammadu Buhari is very protective of core loyalists of his, no matter their crime. This will come as a protective shield against any police arrest or prosecution until the matter is quietly forgotten.