Senate Invasion: Perpetrators Will Be Brought To Justice, Ekweremadu Says

UPDATE The Mace of the Senate Hijacked at the National Assembly

The mace of the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly that was stolen by hoodlums on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, has been returned to the Senate on Thursday, April 19.

The police have said the mace that was stolen from the Senate chambers on Wednesday was recovered under the flyover before Abuja city gate.

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

Barely 24 hours after the sordid invasion of the Red Chamber and few hours after police announced the recovery of the mace, Omo-Agege's lawyers approached the court, yesterday, seeking an interim injunction against further arrest or detention of the senator.

Senator Omo-Agege was later picked up by the police on the premises of the complex, although he has since denied any involvement in the theft of the mace and freed from police custody.

Even Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, expressed shock that the attackers passed through the several security checks into the National Assembly and made their way unhindered into the Senate Chamber and also escaped with the mace, vowing that the criminals must not go unpunished.

He also replied a text message on the arrest of the suspects from Daily Trust as simply: "No update yet please".

However, on Wednesday, the suspended Senator resurfaced at the National Assembly.

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.

"We will be inviting them next week to brief the Senate on the state of investigations", Ekweremadu said. We'll get to the root of this matter. The Committee eventually recommended Omo-Agege's suspension.

He added that since Senate President Bukola Saraki was out of the country, he had to brief Osinbajo as President Muhammadu Buhari was attending the Commonwealth of States meeting in the United Kingdom.

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

In this matter, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS) and their respective officers in charge of the FCT also have case s to answer".

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