Friday, 25 May, 2018

Chaos in Nigerian Senate as 'hoodlums' steal mace in packed chamber

UPDATE The Mace of the Senate Hijacked at the National Assembly JUST IN….. Senator Omo-Agege arrested by police
Olivia Ford | 21 April, 2018, 13:49

In this deluge of security personnel, the leadership of the National Assembly is yet to come to terms with the free access the "mace thieves" had when they struck on Wednesday, fuelling speculations of possible collusion.

The mace was recovered and returned by the Police who found it under a flyover bridge around the City Gate.

The incident has led to the arrest of one senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, who stands accused of escorting the thieves into parliament, according to a police spokesman.

Omo-Agege in the motion exparte filed by his counsel, Aliyu Umar (SAN), joined the Attorney General of the Federation, the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police FCT Command and the Director General of the SSS as respondents. Security at the parliament has been beefed up as a outcome.

Abuja (Sundiata Post)- The culprits in the Wednesday's invasion of the Senate chamber by armed men will not go unpunished, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has assured the nation.

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

"The suspension notwithstanding, the Sergeant-at-Arms and the security operative (s) in charge of the National Assembly and the Senate have a case to answer for allowing a "suspended" Senator access to the Senate Chambers".

"If that had happened, they would have taken over the Senate". We will get to the roots of the matter. I wonder about the motive of the thugs and their sponsors, because outsiders taking the mace in no way affects the senate's proceedings.

The Deputy Senate President however used the opportunity to again advocate for a decentralised police system which he said would have prevented the attack.

Adeniran, however, noted that discreet investigation into the incident was still ongoing to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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