- The Senate has resolved to invite IGP and director general of SSS, Lawal Daura to give a brief on their findings concerning the mace theft incident
- This was after the speaker of the House, Ike Ekweremadu, announced that the stolen mace has been retrieved and returned the chamber by the police
- Ekweremadu also said that anyone mentioned in the expected report as being linked to the theft will face the wrath of the law
The Senate has agreed to summon the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, and the Director-General of the State Security Services (SSS) Lawal Daura, to brief the chamber on their investigation of the mace theft which took place on Wednesday, April 18.
However, around 11:50 am, Habila Joshak, a deputy inspector-general of police, handed over the mace, which was found under a bridge in Abuja, to Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the clerk of the National Assembly, Premium Times reports.
After more than an one hour of closed-door session on Thursday, April 19, the presiding officer, Ike Ekweremadu, confirmed the discovery and retrieval of the mace.
Ekweremadu said: “This hallowed chamber supported by the House of Representatives demanded that the Inspector-General of Police recover and return the stolen mace to the Senate within 24 hours. Concerned colleagues and Nigerians who wanted to find out if the mace has been found have inundated me with calls and messages since last night.
"Let me therefore formally confirm to you that the mace has been recovered and returned by the police as demanded by this hallowed chamber.”
The speaker further said that the lawmakers have resolved that appropriate sanctions be meted out to all security personnel and persons linked to the incident.
Ekweremadu remarked: “Nevertheless, we believe there should be consequences for bad behaviour. We swore to uphold the laws of Nigeria and the principles of rule of law. It still beats the imagination of Nigerians and the civilised world that the attackers passed through several security checks and barriers of the National Assembly and gained access into this chamber and also escaped with the mace into the thin air despite the well-known fortified surroundings of this parliament.
“We therefore call on the Inspector-General of Police and DG SSS to ensure that all those who plotted, aided, abetted and executed this dastardly affront on our democracy and belittled Nigeria before the international community must be brought to book to serve as deterrence to others. We will be inviting them next week to brief us.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that some protesters had stormed the Senate chamber on Wednesday, April 18, and stole the mace. The protesters were supporters of a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege.
NAIJ.com gathered that the protesters left the National Assembly with the mace, which is a symbol of authority of the parliament, in a black SUV.
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