By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
Some armed hoodlums led by suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege walked into the Senate plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the Upper Legislative Chamber, “The Mace”.
According to the Senate Spokesperson, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi in a press statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday described the action as an act of treason, an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force and it must be treated as such.
He lamented that all Security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilize their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the mastermind and the perpetrators of this act.
“This action is also an affront on the legislature, and the Leadership of the House has come to express their support against this action.
“The Senate is now in an Executive session” he said.
Shortly after the 15 minutes, the Senate resumed plenary after coming out of an executive closed door session presided by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu where the earlier incident of forceful removal of the mace was deliberated upon.
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 hoodlums represents.
However, 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.
“The hoodlums severely attacked some members of staff of the National Assembly, particularly the Sergeant-at-Arms on Chamber duties.
“We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6: pm”, says Ekweremadu.