Nigeria police recover stolen Senate mace under flyover

UPDATE The Mace of the Senate Hijacked at the National Assembly

In a dramatic theft while the assembly was in session, "hoodlums" broke into Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, carting away the mace and attacking the sergeant-at-arms, who tried to prevent them from getting away with the assembly's symbol of authority.

Together the men outran security and fled the National Assembly Complex, based in the capital city of Abuja, with the mace.

In a statement, the police said the mace was eventually found under a flyover "where a patriotic passer-by saw it and alerted officers".

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Adamu's ordeal began after he led some senators, including Omo-Agege, to stage a walkout from the Senate Chambers in protest against the adoption of the Conference Committee Report on the amendment of the Electoral Act.

The Nigeria Police on Thursday returned the mace snatched by suspected thugs from the Senate chamber to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori. We'll get to the root of this matter.

"On behalf of the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Dr. Bukola Saraki, CON, I want to register deep appreciation to you, my colleagues for your understanding and maturity in the face of fl agrant provocation".

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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 Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN); the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris; the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Mr. Sadiq Bello, and the Director General of the DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura, were joined as the respondents. Comrade Aremu said what the Senate just witnessed had been "the routine lots of many defenseless Nigerians, who are daily physically assaulted by criminals in homes, on the roads and in their communities". 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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