How Police recovered the stolen Senate Mace

21 April, 2018, 13:48 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • The men with the mace

The Nigerian police on Thursday said the symbol of authority of the Senate, which went missing after some thugs invaded its building in Nigeria's capital of Abuja on Wednesday, has been recovered.

The Wednesday's drama in the National Assembly, leading to the stealing of mace by some hoodlums, has assumed a legal dimension.

On Thursday, the Nigerian Police said they had recovered the stolen mace after a "patriotic passer-by" spotted it lying by Abuja's City Gate.

There was pandemonium in Nigeria's parliament on Wednesday after some intruders suspected to have been sponsored by suspended senator Ovie Omo-Agege stormed the House and took away the symbolic mace.

Omo-Agege is a senator who was suspended last week after a disagreement with other lawmakers. And the security system at the National Assembly complex needs to be overhauled and beefed.

"The Senator whom it was at first said was arrested and in police custody later bragged that he was never arrested and shared images of his being a free man". We'll get to the root of this matter.

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Ekweremadu said the Senate would insist on the arrest and prosecution of the suspects, saying that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, would be invited to brief the lawmakers next week on thier investigation of the crime. Everybody is wondering what happen to the security in the National Assembly complex.

Video shows the moment the mace was snatched by one of the group, who lifted its above his head in triumph as he made his way out of the senate, with what appears to be three officials in suits pursuing him.

The Senator later apologised to his colleagues after the Senate had directed its Ethics & Privileges Committee to investigate the matter.

READ ALSO: Fallout from the Omo-Agege drama? "I know they are still meeting and they will not give up as long as they see Saraki and Ekweremadu as enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari".

"The incident at the senate is hard for one to understand how it happened".

The mace of the Senate was forcefully taken away by some hoodlum at the Senate Chamber.

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