The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has visited the home of a female sergeant-at-arms officer, Sandra Davou, who got injured during the scuffle that occurred when some thugs invaded the Nigerian Senate and stole its mace.
The chief press secretary to the president of the Senate, Sanni Onogu, in a statement made available to NAIJ.com, said during his visit on Sunday, April 22, Saraki commended Davou and her colleagues who had put up a spirited fight to prevent the invaders from gaining access to the Senate chambers.
The Senate president who was accompanied on the visit by his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Isa Hamma Misau and Senator Baba Kaka Garbai, said the visit was meant to thank and show appreciation to the injured officer and her colleagues for their hard work, commitment and courage.
He also commended his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu and all his colleagues who successfully took charge and safeguarded the National Assembly and the nation's democracy.
"I was told that few of our staff were injured during the invasion of the Senate last Wednesday, including Mrs. Sandra, who is very committed and hardworking," Saraki said.
"She was taken to the hospital and discharged and we felt that for the sacrifice they made by putting their lives at stake beyond the call of duty for our democracy, we have to come and appreciate her.
"I keep on emphasizing that what really defines a democratic nation is the parliament and the moment the parliament is not there, democracy does not exist.
"So what she and her colleagues have done, fills us all with gratitude and therefore we have come here to thank her and show that we really appreciate what she and her colleagues did."
He also used the occasion to chat with members of her family and wished her speedy recovery.
Davou, who expressed appreciation over the visit said she was recuperating following the treatment she received at the hospital.
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NAIJ.com had reported that the hoodlums stormed the National Assembly on Wednesday, April 18, and forcefully took the mace away.
It was rumoured that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta central had led the thugs to the Senate as a protest against his suspension.
The police commended the people of Abuja for their confidence in them in reporting when they spotted the mace under a flyover.
In a related report, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Joseph Akinlaja (Ondo-PDP), said deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu’s wisdom saved Nigeria a greater embarrassment when some hoodlums broke into the Senate chamber while plenary was on, attacked some persons and made away with the mace.
NAIJ.com gathers that rather than panicking and scampering at different directions however, Ekweremadu, who was presiding, ordered that a back-up mace be brought and continued with the session.
Akinlaja said that Ekweremadu used common sense to avert further consequences over the incident. According to him, the decision of the Senate to continue plenary is commendable.
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