Senate Gives IGP, DSS 24-hrs To Retrieve Mace
The Senate has given the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Department of State Security, DSS, 24-hours to recover the Mace, which was earlier stolen from the upper legislative chamber.
Suspended lawmaker, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta central senatorial district, on Wednesday, invaded the chamber with suspected thugs, carting away the Mace.
Omo-Agege was suspended last week for challenging the sequence of election as proposed by the Senate.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, says thugs attached to Omo-Agege also attempted to kidnap two senators.
Lawmakers from the House of Representatives are in the Upper Chamber in solidarity with their colleagues.
Reacting to the incident, Abdullahi Sabi, spokesman of the Senate, said the act is a treasonable offence.
“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,” Sabi said.
“All security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilise 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, security has been beefed up in and around the National Assembly complex.