HOODLUMS MADE AWAY SENATE MACE
The mace, the symbol of authority of the Senate, was Wednesday taken away by hoodlums suspected to be sponsored by one of the Senators.
The mayhem generated by the incident, halted senate plenary session for close to 45munites.
However, the Senate resumed plenary about after coming out of an executive (closed door) session where the earlier incident of forceful removal of the mace was deliberated upon.
The session is holding with the mace, the official symbol of authority firmly in place, and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, presiding.
The Senate also decided that it will get to the roots of this sad assault on democracy and an obvious act of treason which the seizure of the mace by some armed hodlums represents.
The Senate has mandated the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Kpotum Ibrahim and Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Mallam Lawan Daura, to retrieve the mace stolen by the hoodlums within 24 hours.
Later in the day, some House of Representives members led by Deputy Speaker. Hon. Yusuf Lasun, went to the Senate chambers in solidarity visits.
“We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6pm”, says Ekweremadu.
Meanwhile the rule All Progressive Congress, APC, has begged the Police to deal with Sen. Omo Agege, who is alleged to have sponsored the hoodlums.
The party said it condemned in totality, Wednesday’s attack on the Senate and the snatching on the Mace of the senate.
This is even as it has called on all security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.
In a statement issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, the party said that the attack ammounted to an attack on the nation’s democracy.
“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace.
“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly.
“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has arrested Senator Ovie Omo Agege for leading the hoodlums into the Senate chamber during plenary to snatch the Mace which is the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber.