…..oders IGP, DSS D-G to retrieve stolen mace
The Senate has resumed Wednesday’s plenary session with a mace in place.
According to a statement sent to Frontline News Online by Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, plenary resumed immediately after the closed door session, which followed the snatching of the mace.
“The Senate has resumed plenary about 15 minutes ago 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 statement read.
Sabi also disclosed that the Senate has directed the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris and Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Mallam Lawan Daura to retrieve the stolen mace.
Recall that the Senate spokesman accused suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, of leading the suspected thugs who came into the red chambers to snatch the mace this morning.
“Senate has 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 hoodlums severely attacked some members of staff of the National Assembly, particularly the Sergeant-at-Arms on Chamber duties.
“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.
“At the moment, some House of Representives members led by Deputy Speaker. Yusuf Lasun, are in the Senate chambers in solidarity visits. The session is presently live on NTA Channel 10”, the statment further read.
The statement also contained the insistence of the Deputy Senate president,
Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege
that all listed matters in the Order Paper for Wednesay are treated.
“We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6pm”, Ekweremadu was quoted to have said.