The mace, which was stolen from the Senate on Wednesday, April 18, by some hoodlums believed to be working for a senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, has been returned.
The Senate had given security agencies 24 hours to find the stolen mace and the police in the early hours of Thursday, April 19, had claimed that the mace was found under a bridge in Abuja.
Hours after this announcement, the police brought the mace to the National Assembly, Premium Times reports.
At about 11:50am, Habila Joshak, a deputy inspector-general of police, handed over the mace to the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.
The news outlet also reported that the Senate is yet to comment on the return as the lawmakers are currently in a closed-door session.
Legit.ng had reported that the police said they were informed by a passerby, who saw it and alerted them, leading to its recovery.
The police said they were still in pursuit of the mace thieves and would ensure that they are brought to justice.
“While a discreet investigation into the incident is still ongoing to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Nigeria Police Force appreciates the spirited members of the public, most especially motorists within Abuja Metropolis for their support, cooperation and timely information during the rigorous stop and search operations for the recovery of the Mace,” said Police superintendent, Aremu Adeniran, the deputy police PRO.
Adeniran’s statement mentioned the efforts by the police teams, prior to the recovery of the mace.
`’IGP Ibrahim Idris immediately instituted a high-powered Police Investigation and Intelligence Team coordinated by the IGP Monitoring Unit of the Force and further directed a total lock-down of the Federal Capital Territory with intense surveillance patrol and thorough Stop and Search Operations at various police check-points with a view to arresting perpetrators and possible recovery of the stolen Mace.
“The police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols, intelligence gathering which forced the suspected miscreants to abandon the Mace at a point under the flyover before the City Gate, where a patriotic passer-by saw it and alerted the police.”
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