Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Stolen Mace found by Passerby under Bridge

Stolen Mace found by Passerby under Bridge

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said it has recovered the mace that was stolen during the Senate plenary session on Wednesday at the red chambers of the national assembly.

At about noon on Wednesday, some hoodlums stormed the Upper House, disrupted proceedings and snatching the mace from the chamber.

The Police say the individual discovered the mace at a point under the flyover before the City Gate, where it was abandoned by the hoodlums. reports that at about 11:50 a.m., a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Habila Joshak, handed over the mace to the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, after it was said to have been found under a bridge in Abuja.

After the incident and the ensuing uproar, the senator was taken into police custody but was later released.

The police chief has ordered security is to be beefed up at parliament as a effect.

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Mr Akume also raised some queries on the invasion: "How was it that thugs in t-shirts were allowed access to the Senate Chambers, seeing the scrutiny citizens on legitimate business at the National Assembly go through to have access to the premises?"

"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. Let me therefore formally confirm to you that the mace has been recovered and returned by the police as demanded by this hallowed chamber". We will get to the roots of the matter.

The action led the Senate to direct the IGP and the Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Lawan Daura, to retrieve the mace within 24 hours.

The incident was branded "a act of treason" from Aliyu Abdullahi, " a Senate spokesman that said the lawmaker was hoping to overthrow a branch of the authorities of Nigeria. "We will be inviting them next week to brief us". Although he apologised when he appeared before the Senate's Committee on Ethics and Privileges, but the committee still recommended his suspension. Even when they are in the minority, they would removed the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ekweremadu and replace them with loyalists of the president. President Muhammadu Buhari said last week that he will stand for re-election.

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

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