In a move many would tag virtually impossible, the Mace of the National Assembly, which is its symbol of authority was stolen by hoodlums who stormed the National Assembly building.
Without the Mace, the Senate will be unable to legally hold Plenary. These hoodlums stormed the building, throwing members of the senate in a state of confusion. Many say security details were caught unawares. Read More Here
See press release from the National Assembly.
April 18, 2018
Senate Back in Session With Mace in Place
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 Senate also 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. Hon. Yusuf Lasun, are in the Senate chambers in solidarity visits. The session is presently live on NTA Channel 10.
“We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6pm”, says Ekweremadu.
Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs