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Updated: Nigerian Senate Back At Plenary After Mace Abduction | The Precision

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Today, some 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.


This action is an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a
branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, and it must be
treated as such. 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.

Meanwhile, the
Senate has resumed plenary about 15 minutes ago after coming out of an
executive (closed door) session where the earlier incident of forceful
removal of the mace was deliberated upon.
The
session is holding with the mace, the official symbol of authority
firmly in place, and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, presiding.
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 hodlums represents.

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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.
At
the moment, some House of Representives members led by Deputy Speaker.
Hon. Yusuf Lasun, are in the Senate chambers in solidarity visits. The
session is presently live on NTA Channel 10.
“We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6pm”, says Ekweremadu.
Signed

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Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi 
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity

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