Breaking: Protesters storm Nigerian Senate, steal mace

Breaking: Protesters storm Nigerian Senate, steal mace

Protesters have stormed the Senate chamber on Wednesday, April 18, and stole the mace. The protesters are supporters of a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege.

They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV. The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.

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The maze is the symbol of authority in the parliament. Credit: Sumner Shagari Sambo

A security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly, said he was told by the protesters they were officers with the senator.

“We tired to stop them but they told us they were with him (Omo-Agege),” he said.

Mr Omo-Agege was suspended for accusing his colleagues of working against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The moment the mace was stolen can be watched from 21st minutes of the video.

NAN reports that the men barged into the Chamber of the Senate, during plenary, pushed away the Sergeant-at-Arms positioned at the entrance and carted away the mace.

It is unclear if the men have succeeded in leaving the National Assembly complex but at the time of this report, the mace has been taken away from the chamber.

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The drama coincided with the protest at the National Assembly against the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, APC- Delta Central.

Yusuph Olaniyonu, the media adviser to Senate president said on a WhatsApp forum that an official statement will soon be issue.

Meanwhile, had reported that the Chief Whip of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, described a comment credited to him over ongoing electoral reforms as ‘misunderstood’.

It was reported that Doguwa allegedly said the amendment of the electoral act was a mischievous plan targeted at the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari.

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