… IGP orders FCT Commissioner of Police to beef-up security at the National Assembly
The FCT police command has announced that it has recovered the mace of the Senate.
According to a statement issued by its spokesman, Aremu Adeniran, the mace was found following a tip off by a passerby, who saw it at a bridge near the famous Abuja City Gate.
Adeniran, the Deputy Force P.R.O of the FCT explained that sequel to the invasion of the Red Chamber on Wednesday, by suspected thugs who disrupted the plenary session and carted away the mace, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris , immediately instituted a high-powered police investigation and intelligence team coordinated by the IGP Monitoring Unit of the Force and further directed a major surveillance patrol.
In addition, the IGP ordered a thorough stop and search operation at various check-points with a view to arresting perpetrators and a possible recovery of the stolen mace.
The statement read in part: “The police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols, intelligence gathering which forced the suspected miscreants to abandon the mace at a point under the flyover before the city gate, where a patriotic passer-by saw it and alerted the police.
” While a discreet investigation into the incident is still ongoing to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Nigeria Police Force appreciates the spirited members of the public, most especially motorists within Abuja metropolis for their support, cooperation and timely information during the rigorous stop and search operations for the recovery of the mace”.
Recall that the Senate despite concluding Wednesday’s plenary with a replacement mace had ordered the IGP to find the mace within 24 hours.
The House of Representatives also called on the IGP and the Department of State Security (DSS) to find the mace.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government ordered a thorough investigation into the invasion of the Red Chamber.
Recall also that the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu visited the Aso Rock Presidential Villa on Wednesday to brief Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on the matter.