Police recover mace taken away by hoodlums from Senate during plenary

Police recover mace taken away by hoodlums from Senate during plenary

The Nigerian Police say they have recovered the mace taken away by some hoodlums from the Senate chamber in Abuja on Wednesday.

Deputy spokesman of the Force Headquarters, Aremu Adeniran, in a statement, said the mace was recovered under the flyover bridge at the Abuja City Gate.

Adeniran explained that a passer bye saw the mace and immediately alerted the Police.

He said the Police teams immediately after the hoodlums escaped with the mace embarked on a massive raid of several criminal spots and flashpoints in the city, as well as conduct a stop-and-search

The quick intervention by the Police, according to him, forced the hoodlums to abandon the mace at the Abuja City Gate.

The hoodlums forced their way into the Senate chamber during plenary session.

Their brief invasion disrupted the plenary being presided over by the Senate Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu, and caused confusion among the senators.

After seizing the mace, the hoodlums ran out of the chamber with it, and escaped from the National Assembly Complex, in a sport utility van.

The Senate later resumed plenary with a new mace, to replace the one taken away by the hoodlums.

Senate spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi, in a statement, accused the suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, of masterminding the stealing of the senate mace.

Describing the incident as treason, the Senate ordered the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Police to recover the mace within the next 24 hours.

Abdullahi, said the seizure of the Senate mace, is an attempt to overthrow the legislative arm of the government by force, and asks security agencies to stand on the side of due process.

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