The mace of the Nigerian Senate, which was allegedly stolen from the National Assembly on Wednesday morning by some hoodlums has been recovered by the Police.
ASP. Aremu Adeniran, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters, announced the recovery via a statement on Thursday.
He stated that the Senate’s symbol of authority was recovered at Abuja City Gate.
Aremu said police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots and flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and intelligence gathering immediately the hoodlums took away the mace.
“The quick interventions 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,” Adeniran stated.
Meanwhile, a suspended senator representing Delta Central, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege who allegedly masterminded the stealing of the mace, has denied involvement.
Omo-Agege, who denied complicity on Wednesday evening said that media and eyewitness accounts indicted him for being behind the theft of the mace of the Nigerian Senate were untrue.
The mace was forcibly taken away by hoodlums who invaded the Senate chamber on Wednesday morning while the Senate was in plenary.
“We are aware of several media reports suggesting that Senator Omo-Agege personally removed or encouraged anyone to remove the mace of the Senate.
“This weighty allegation is not true at all,” Omo-Agege’s media office said in a statement on Wednesday.
Omo-Agege was suspended for 90 legislative days on April 12 for taking the Senate to the court over an internal legislative matter.
However, Omo-Agege insisted that he knew nothing about the theft of the mace, the symbol of authority of the Nigerian legislature.
He said he was in the Senate on Wednesday morning to resume in spite of his suspension.
“Senator Omo-Agege today resumed work and sitting with his colleagues.
“A few champions of the unconstitutional, invalid and tyrannical suspension tried to stop him but those who opposed it welcomed and protected him throughout the sitting,” the statement read in part.
The senator also claimed that he was not arrested but invited by the Nigerian police who wanted him to assist with their investigations.