The Nigerian police has recovered the Senate mace after it was stolen
by hoodlums at the Red Chamber.
It had been reported that the hoodlums stormed the National Assembly
on Wednesday, April 18, and forcefully took the mace away. It was
rumoured that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta central had
led the thugs to the Senate as a protest against his suspension.
The police commended the people of Abuja for their confidence in them
in reporting when they spotted the mace under a flyover.
The police stated that, “Sequel to the invasion of the Senate Chambers
of the National Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 18th
April, 2018 by some suspected thugs who disrupted the Senate Plenary
Session and carted away the Mace of the Red Chambers, the Inspector
General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, immediately
instituted a high-powered Police Investigation and Intelligence Team
coordinated by the IGP Monitoring Unit of the Force and further
directed a total lock-down of the Federal Capital Territory with
intense surveillance patrol and thorough Stop and Search Operations at
various Police check-points with a view to arresting perpetrators and
possible recovery of the stolen Mace.
The Police teams 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
While a discreet investigation into the incident is still ongoing to
arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Nigeria Police Force
appreciates the spirited members of the public, most especially
motorists within Abuja Metropolis for their support, cooperation and
timely information during the rigorous stop and search operations for
the recovery of the Mace.
The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee
protection of Lives and Property, Peace and Stability and sustain
democracy in the country remains unequivocal and unwavering.”
Meanwhile, the attack on the Senate and the abduction of the mace by
certain ‘hoodlums’ was condemned by former vice president, Atiku
Abubakar. In tweets posted on his Twitter handle, @atiku, the former
VP registered his shock and outrage, and described the incident as a
dangerous precedent. He stated that the perpetrators of the attack
should not be allowed to go unpunished.