Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Stolen Senate mace returned

Stolen Senate mace returned

The Senate described the theft in the capital Abuja as an "act of treason" and gave police 24 hours to retrieve the mace.

Speaking with The Nation in Calabar on Friday, Ita-Giwa said: "I feel the need to comment on the recent dramatic events at the Senate, when a gang of thugs invaded the sacred Senate Chamber and made away with the mace".

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.

The police chief has ordered security is to be beefed up at parliament as a outcome. It has since been recovered and returned to the national assembly.

He handed it over to the chief security officer of the National Assembly, who then passed it to the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Parliament can not convene without the mace, a metre-long metal rod traditionally carried by the Senate speaker upon entering and leaving the chamber. "We will get to the root of this matter".

We call on the Inspector General of Police and Director-General of DSS to ensure that all those, who plotted, aided, abetted, and executed this dastardly affront on our democracy and belittled Nigeria before the worldwide community must be brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others.

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He later apologised to his colleagues after the senate had directed its Ethics and Privileges Committee to investigate the matter. "We will be inviting them next week to brief us".

"In that meeting, they plotted that Omo-Agege will forcefully come into the chamber".

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

The mace has been taken into the chambers, said Yusuph Olaniyonu, media adviser to the senate president, Bukola Saraki.

But in a statement on Wednesday evening, the Omo-Agege denied the allegation.

He was reported to have said the Senate's decision was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

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