The plenary session of the Nigerian Senate was this morning abruptly disrupted as suspected thugs, alleged to be staunch supporters of a suspended lawmaker, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, invaded the chamber and absconded with the mace.
A report by Premium Times indicated that the incident happened few seconds after the suspended Senator, was allegedly escorted into the chamber by the thugs.
Senate spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, confirmed in a statement that about 10 thugs forced their way into the chamber and made away with the mace, defying all security apparatus and protocol.
According to him, the thugs ran out of the chamber with the mace and zoomed off in a black SUV, leaving the legislative session in disarray as lawmakers watched the scene in amazement.
The Senate had, on Friday, April 13th, suspended Ovie Omo-Agege over his remarks that the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act, which changed the sequence of elections set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), disparaged the National Assembly and lawmakers.
The Senate Committee on Ethics had recommended that the Senator be suspended for 181 legislative days but the chamber reduced it to 90 legislative days.
Abdullahi described the suspended Senator’s action as treason against the Senate and the country.
In a swift reaction, the Police swung into action immediately and picked up the suspended senator.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremmadu, said on Channels Television after the incident that the House would get a new mace before continuing with the plenary.
He urged the Police to investigate the incident with due diligence so that the law will have its course.