Court grants Omo-Agege immunity from arrest — MACE THEFT

by Jared Lewis April 21, 2018, 0:17
Court grants Omo-Agege immunity from arrest — MACE THEFT

The ceremonial staff and symbol of authority which usually precedes the Senate President was stolen by thugs who invaded the red chamber of Wednesday morning during a plenary session.

"It is only when a group of senators who when they feel strong enough in terms of numbers get together to seize the mace and take it out of the chamber that proceedings can be affected".

Although the Senator initially apologized for his comments, he later retracted same after he approached the Court for fear of being suspended by the Chamber.

"We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6 p.m.", the spokesperson quoted Mr Ekweremadu as saying.

He has since been arrested and denies any involvement in the theft.

"We will be inviting them next week to brief the senate on the state of investigations".

Nigeria Police Force has handed over the recovered Mace to the Clerk of the National Assembly on Thursday. It has since been recovered and returned to the national assembly.

While appreciating Senators for showing maturity and patriotism "in the face of flagrant provocation", he thanked Nigerians, the House of Representatives, staff of the National Assembly, the press, civil society, and the worldwide community for standing with the National Assembly in condemnation of the incident. "APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly", it read.

The Nigerian government has ordered security beefed up at the National Assembly, following Wednesday's invasion.

There was pandemonium in Nigeria's parliament on Wednesday after some intruders suspected to have been sponsored by suspended senator Ovie Omo-Agege stormed the House and took away the symbolic mace.

"This incident has also brought to the fore the case many of us have always made for a decentrlaised police system".

Deputy police spokesman Aremu Adeniran said a massive search operation was launched, forcing the suspects to abandon the mace under an Abuja flyover, "where a patriotic passer-by saw it and alerted the police".

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