Police Accuse Nigerian MP of Escorting Thieves into Parliament


Recall that the mace was stolen from the Senate chamber on Wednesday.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Operation, Joseph Habila returning Hijacked Senate Mace to National Assembly Clark, Sani Omolori at National Assembly Abuja.

Police have recovered the Nigerian Senate's ceremonial mace from under a flyover after it was stolen by a group of men who burst into the chamber.

According to reports, the thugs are supporters of Senator Omo-Agege, lawmaker representing Delta central senatorial district.

The police chief has ordered security is to be beefed up at parliament as a effect.

A statement made available to BusinessDay early Thursday morning by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, Aremu Adeniran, a Superintendent of Police, said a patriotic passer-by alerted the Police on sighting the Mace, where it was abandoned.

The incident has since been described as an act of treason by the Senate and the senator allegedly involved has been arrested. Ordinarily, a big institution like the National Assembly should have its own police, apart from the Sergeants-at-Arm.

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Nigeria Police Force has handed over the recovered Mace to the Clerk of the National Assembly on Thursday.

"In that meeting, they plotted that Omo-Agege will forcefully come into the chamber".

"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.

Legislation can not be handed by Nigeria's Senate in case the mace is absent as it is a sign of authority binding decisions accepted over the Senate floor.

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.

The Senator later apologised to his colleagues after the Senate had directed its Ethics & Privileges Committee to investigate the matter.

"If that had happened, they would have taken over the Senate".