JUST IN…. Senator Omo-Agege arrested by police

How thugs stole Senate maze during plenary

How thugs stole Senate maze during plenary

The Senate on Thursday said it has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, over the invasion of the Senate and subsequent taking away of the mace by hoodlums.

On Wednesday, at about 11.30am, five persons beat the security in the National Assembly and snatched the mace, while the day's legislative business was ongoing.

The Police say the individual discovered the mace at a point under the flyover before the City Gate, where it was abandoned by the hoodlums. And the security system at the National Assembly complex needs to be overhauled and beefed.

Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, made the disclosure at plenary, and said that the mace, the symbol of authority of the legislature, was returned to the National Assembly by the police. "We will be inviting them next week to brief us on the state of the investigations".

"The suspension notwithstanding, the Sergeant-at-Arms and the security operative (s) in charge of the National Assembly and the Senate have a case to answer for allowing a "suspended" Senator access to the Senate Chambers".

"And he has sympathized with us over what happened and he is going to join forces with us to ensure that we get to the root of the matter and make sure this does not happen again", he said.

Video clips of the incident which went viral on social media showed Omo-Agege being accompanied into the chambers by the men who later fled with the mace.

The Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, granted the restraining order shortly after Omo-Agege's lawyer, Aliyu Umar (SAN), moved the senator's ex parte application on Thursday.

In 2000, then-Senate speaker Cuba Okadigbo allegedly removed the mace from the chamber and took it to his hometown in a dispute with his deputy over when to resume parliament after recess.

"The incident at the senate is hard for one to understand how it happened". The Buhari loyalists were also said to have planned to move a step further if they succeeded in creating enough commotion to destabilise the red chamber.

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