Biodun Olujimi, senator representing Ekiti South, has been accused of asking her personal aide to assault a member of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, at the national assembly Monday, January 29, 2018.
According to a report by PremiumTimes Olujimi was enraged that a parliamentary worker wanted to ride in an elevator with her. The senator was on her way to the public hearing of the senate committee on petroleum downstream, investigating the N5 trillion subsidy payment to the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission, NNPC.
A witness said when the lawmaker saw the PASAN staff in the elevator reserved for lawmakers, she demanded to know why he used the same lift with her.
The witness said the lawmaker directed her aide to “slap” the legislative official, who immediately responded in kind.The PASAN staff however slapped the senator and not her aide.
Neither the senator, her aide nor the PASAN staff gave further details of the incident as journalists inquired.
Mrs. Olujimi left the elevator and challenged the PASAN official, who was immediately shielded by his colleagues.
The PASAN staff refused to apologise, and it took the intervention of National Assembly security officials to rescue her from the scene.
Other PASAN members declined comments and refused to give the name of the official involved.
The senator thereafter attended public hearing. In a chat with some journalists after the hearing, she vowed to take up the case with the National Assembly security