- The police in Gombe has said that the mace of the state House of Assembly that went missing has been discovered
- The House has suspected four of its members involved in the mace theft
- Also the mace of the legislative arm of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has been reported missing
The Gombe police command has announced on Friday, May 25, that it has recovered the mace of the state House of Assembly taken away on Thursday, May 24, by some members of the house.
Tairu Shina Olukolu, the state commissioner of police, briefed journalists at the house that his search team recovered the mace behind the national industrial court complex, Gombe, Daily Trust reports.
Olukolu said they handed over the mace to the speaker, Alhaji Nasiru Abubakar Nono. Olukolu warned politicians to desist from criminal acts in the name of politics that will trigger mayhem.
However, he said the police are yet to make arrest, adding that investigation is still ongoing. The house has suspended the four lawmakers involved in the mace theft. They are: Abdullahi Abubakar Maiwanka, Walid Mohammed, Mohammed A Bello and Abubakar Sadiq Ibrahim, all members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
Meanwhile, the mace of the legislative arm of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) is missing as part of the council’s chamber was destroyed after a faceoff between its members on Thursday, May 24.
The missing mace led to crisis with calls for the impeachment of the speaker, Daniel Shanyibwa Michael, over alleged misconduct.
The deputy speaker, Haruna Musa Saidu, alleged that the speaker and the sergeant at arms left the chamber with the mace. The motion for the impeachment of the speaker was moved by the House majority leader, Yusuf Tahir Kadir at a recent sitting.
Kadir said the speaker abused office by taking decision without consulting the members, an act which he described as being equal to abuse of privilege.
Kadir in a copy of the petition said the speaker ordered the mace to be deposited in an unauthorised location.
However, the embattled speaker in response to these allegation said he has not done anything wrong.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that it was serious drama at the Gombe state House of Assembly on Thursday, May 24, as a lawmaker reportedly got hold of the mace and seized it during a session. He fled the chamber with what had become known as the symbol of authority.
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