Armed thugs, allegedly led by a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, walked into Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber in a plenary session at about 11:15 (Nigerian time) Wednesday (today) and stole the mace, Senate spokesman Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said.

He asked security agencies to retrieve the symbol of authority, which usually lies on the table before the Senate president, and apprehend the perpetrators, in an emailed statement.
“It’s troubling that security is so low that a suspended senator can go into the chambers and steal the mace,” Clement Nwankwo, executive director of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, told Bloomberg in a phone conversation from Abuja.
The plenary had been disrupted while the sergeants-at-arms battled with the men to retrieve the mace, to no avail.

Meanwhile, the Senate continued with the day’s plenary with a new mace placed where the previous one was snatched from.

The invaders had fled the National Assembly Complex premises in a Sports Utility Vehicle accompanied by two pickup vans.

The lawmakers resumed plenary after coming out of an Executive (closed door) Session where the earlier incident of forceful removal of the mace was deliberated upon.

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