Court Restrains Police, DSS From Arresting Omo-Agege

Thugs steal The Mace from the Senate (Photos and Video)

The police had earlier said they have recovered the Mace taken away from the chambers of the Senate by hoodlums, who invaded the upper legislative building.

Together the men outran security and fled the National Assembly Complex, based in the capital city of Abuja, with the mace.

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

Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President, says all those involved in theft of the Senate's Mace will not go unpunished. The reprieve came when OmoAgege's team of lawyers, led by Aliyu Umar, approached the court yesterday, asking for an interim injunction against further arrest or detention of the senator.

"The suspension notwithstanding, the Sergeant-at-Arms and the security operative (s) in charge of the National Assembly and the Senate have a case to answer for allowing a "suspended" Senator access to the Senate Chambers". We will get to the roots of the matter.

Sequel to the invasion of the Senate and subsequent theft of the mace by some thugs suspected to be loyal to a suspended member, Sen.

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In line with the directive, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, immediately instituted an investigation team into the incident.

He later apologised to his colleagues after the senate had directed its Ethics and Privileges Committee to investigate the matter. The only difference is that it happened too suddenly and we didn't have the needed time to counter them.

In 2000, the then-Senate president himself allegedly removed the mace from the chamber and took it to his hometown in a dispute with his deputy over the resumption date after recess.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the leadership of the Senate yesterday reviewed the incident and has identified some of the lawmakers behind the plot to disrupt the activities of the chamber.

But in a statement on Wednesday evening, the Omo-Agege denied the allegation.

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