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Senate holds secret meeting following mace theft

Senate holds secret meeting following mace theft

- Following the invasion of the National Assembly and the stealing of the Senate’s mace, senators are holding a closed door session

- The red chamber was cleared by the sergeant-at-arms, on the orders of the chief whip

- The closed session comes after the mace was recovered by men of the FCT Police Command

The Senate carried out a closed session on Thursday, April 19, following the invasion of the chambers and theft of the mace on Wednesday, April 18, Daily Trust reports.

The lawmakers began the day’s proceedings with an executive session that began at 11:07am; and the chief whip, Olusola Adeyeye (APC-Osun) subsequently announced that they would proceed on the closed session.

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The meeting comes as the stolen mace was recovered by the Nigerian Police Force, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command. It is still ongoing.

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Recall that previously reported that the joint session of the National Assembly ordered the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, to ensure the return of the Senate's mace within twenty-four hours.

Hoodlums, on Wednesday, April 18, stormed the Senate chamber and stole the mace. The alleged thugs were supporters of a suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. It was rumoured that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta central had led the thugs to the Senate as a protest against his suspension.

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

Meanwhile, the mace has been recovered by the police in Abuja. The police commended the people of Abuja for their confidence in them in reporting when they spotted the mace under a flyover.

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