Ah-mace-zing: Stolen mace has been recovered

Saul Franklin
April 21, 2018

The Police Thursday said they have recovered the mace of the Nigerian Senate which was taken away from the National Assembly on Wednesday morning by hoodlums.

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

Senator Omo-Agege was later picked up by the police on the premises of the complex, although he has since denied any involvement in the theft of the mace and freed from police custody. And the security system at the National Assembly complex needs to be overhauled and beefed.

A statement made available to BusinessDay early Thursday morning by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, Aremu Adeniran, a Superintendent of Police, said a patriotic passer-by alerted the Police on sighting the Mace, where it was abandoned.

Meanwhile, Daily Sun has reliably gathered that the invasion and snatching of the mace was a fallout of a meeting held by some lawmakers at the residence of a ranking senator from North Central in Abuja on Tuesday night. Everybody is wondering what happen to the security in the National Assembly complex.

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Citing a subsisting Appeal Court judgment in the matter Bauchi State House of Assembly v. Rifkatu Samson Danna where the court concluded that only a court of law or the constituency can order the can order the removal or suspension of a legislator, the party said the Senate was wrong in its suspension of the senator.

Meanwhile, the Senate has summoned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, and Lawal Daura, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), to appear before the lawmakers so as to brief it on the outcome of the investigation regarding the incident.

Nigeria' National Assembly can not convene without the mace, the three-foot long metal rod traditionally carried by the Senate speaker upon entering and leaving the chamber. The only difference is that it happened too suddenly and we didn't have the needed time to counter them. Our investigation showed the senators were poised to enforce a regime change in the red chamber, but for the dexterity of the Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, who was able to take emergency measures by replacing the stolen mace immediately and continuing the business of the day.

"On behalf of the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Dr. Bukola Saraki, CON, I want to register deep appreciation to you, my colleagues for your understanding and maturity in the face of fl agrant provocation".

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