Good News: For Nigeria Senate Stolen Mace Recovered At Abuja City Gate
• The mace was forcibly taken away by hoodlums who invaded the Senate chamber while the Senate was in plenary.
• Police said they have recovered the mace of the Nigerian Senate.
Senator Ovie Omo – Agege Wednesday evening said media and eyewitness accounts that indicted him for being behind the theft of the mace of the Nigerian Senate were untrue.
The mace was forcibly taken away by hoodlums who invaded the Senate chamber on Wednesday morning while the Senate was in plenary.
“We are aware of several media reports suggesting that Senator Omo -Agege personally removed or encouraged anyone to remove the mace of the Senate. This weighty allegation is not true at all, ” Omo -Agege’s media office said in a statement on Wednesday.
News reports that the thugs went into the chamber with the senator who was suspended for 90 legislative days on April 12 for taking the Senate to court concerning an internal legislative issue.
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However, Omo – Agege insisted that he knew nothing about the theft of the mace, the symbol of authority of the Nigerian legislature. He said he was in the Senate on Wednesday morning to resume in spite of him being suspended.
“Senator Omo – Agege today resumed work and sitting with his colleagues, ” the statement continued, adding that “a few champions of the unconstitutional, invalid and tyrannical suspension tried to stop him but those who opposed it welcomed and protected him throughout the sitting. ”
But the good news is that, today, Thursday the Police said they have recovered the mace of the Nigerian Senate which was taken away from the National Assembly on Wednesday morning by hoodlums.
Deputy Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters, Aremu Adeniran, said in a statement that the Senate’ s symbol of authority was recovered at Abuja City Gate .
Aremu, an assistant superintendent in the Nigerian Police, said police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots and flashpoint, stop and search operations, visibility and intelligence gathering immediately the hoodlums took away the mace.
The quick interventions, he said, “forced the suspected miscreants to abandon the mace at a point under the flyover before the City Gate, where a patriotic passer – by saw it and alerted the Police. ”