Police recover Senate’s stolen mace, arrest six suspects

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Six suspects have been arrested by the Police for invading National Assembly and stealing Senate’s mace at Wednesday’s plenary.

A top police officer confirmed this, adding that suspects would soon be charged to court.

Meanwhile, the Senate leadership has confirmed the receipt of the stolen mace recovered under a flyover in Abuja by the Police.

In a brief speech by presiding Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the Senate said the Mace was returned to the police in less than 24 hours as demanded by the National Assembly.

Ekweremadu charged the police to immediately prosecute all the six arrested suspects by the police and that the Senate will after a week summon police authorities to find out how the case is progressing.

The FCT Police Command recovered the mace stolen from the Senate by hoodlums suspected to be sponsored by suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege.

Deputy Public Relations Officer, Aremu Adeniran, said the mace was recovered where the hoodlums abandoned it, under the flyover before the City Gate.

Aremu said a patriotic passer-by had seen it and alerted the police after massive raids of identified criminal flashpoints, stop and search operations, and intelligence gathering.

He said discreet investigation into the incident is still ongoing to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice.

‘Police teams who 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,’ the Command said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, on Wednesday briefed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the forceful removal of the Senate mace by some hoodlums on Wednesday morning. He was in company of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang.

Ekweremadu told State House Correspondent that the briefing was aimed at preventing future occurrence of such act in the legislature to forestall breakdown of law and order.


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