We've recovered the mace, Ekweremadu says, summons IG, DSS boss

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"You would also recall that this hallowed chamber, supported by the House of Representatives, demanded that the Inspector-General of Police recover and return the stolen mace to the Senate within twenty-four hours".

Adeniran also said the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has directed the Commissioner of Police, FCT to beef up security at the National Assembly.

Senator Omo-Agege was later picked up by the police on the premises of the complex, although he has since denied any involvement in the theft of the mace and freed from police custody.

"However, the security of this parliament is fully outside the control of the National Assembly".

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The senator, who represents Delta Central at the Senate, is accused of masterminding thugs' invasion of the Senate and theft of the Mace, the legislative' symbol of authority, on Wednesday.

Daily Trust reports that questions are still being asked as to how the thugs successfully left the National Assembly complex without being apprehended.

Nigeria Police Force has handed over the recovered Mace to the Clerk of the National Assembly on Thursday.

"And he has sympathized with us over what happened and he is going to join forces with us to ensure that we get to the root of the matter and make sure this does not happen again", he said. The committee eventually recommended his suspension.

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Parliament can not convene without the mace, a metre-long metal rod traditionally carried by the Senate speaker upon entering and leaving the chamber. This was the case when senators loyal to the former Senate president, late Chuba Okadigbo, took the mace out of the chamber.

"We will be inviting them next week to brief the Senate on the state of investigations", Ekweremadu said.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the leadership of the Senate yesterday reviewed the incident and has identified some of the lawmakers behind the plot to disrupt the activities of the chamber. President Muhammadu Buhari said last week that he will stand for re-election.

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