Just after armed thugs invaded the Senate during plenary and carted away its Mace, the Police have returned the symbol of legislative authority to the National Assembly, with confirmation by the Senate Leadership.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), in charge of Operations, Mr. Habila Josherk returned the Mace at exactly 11:55am local time when senators were in executive session on Thursday.
The Police Chief in returning the mace handed it to the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Omolori at the entrance of the central lobby of the National Assembly where the two hallow chambers are located .
It would be recalled that on Wednesday, the police authorities said through a statement that the stolen Mace had been recovered, explaining that it was found under the bridge of Abuja City Gate by a patriotic motorist.
In his address at the resumed plenary on Thursday, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who confirmed the return of the mace, said the culprits in the invasion of the Senate chamber by armed men will not go unpunished.
In his words: We believe that there should be consequence for bad behaviour. We swore to uphold the laws of the Federal Republic and the principles of democracy. It still beats the imagination of Nigerians and the civilised world that the attackers passed through the several security checks and barriers into the National Assembly and the inner recesses of this chamber and also escaped with the mace into the thing air despite the well-known fortified surroundings of this parliament.
Therefore, we hold that it will be a detour to the state of nature where life was lawless and brutish if what happened is allowed to go unpunished or swept under the carpet. It will never happen. We will get to the roots of the matter, he stressed.
Senator Ekweremadu who presided over Thursday’s plenary, also announced that the Senate will invite the Police, and DSS Chiefs by next week for further update on their investigation.
We call on the Inspector General of Police and Director-General of the State Security Service to ensure that all those, who plotted, aided, abated, and executed this dastardly affront on our democracy and belittled Nigeria before the international community are brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others. We will be inviting them next week to brief us on the state of the investigations.
The Deputy President of the Senate also commended his colleagues for showing maturity and patriotism in the face of flagrant provocation, and thanked Nigerians, the House of Representatives, National Assembly staff, the Media, civil society, and the international community for standing with the National Assembly in condemnation of wednesday’s incident.
Ugly and provocative as the event was, it soothes that the entire nation and the world stood together in total condemnation of the ugly drama, brigandage, and desecration of the National Assembly by those, who hold themselves above the laws and institutions of our land.
He vowed that the Senate would never be intimidated, stating: The Senate will never fear to legislate; and we will never legislate out of fear.
Source: Voice of Nigeria