The police said stolen Senate’s mace was dumped by the stealers under the flyover at City Gate on Umaru Musa Yar’adua Express Road, Abuja.
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Suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege stormed the Senate with some thugs on Wednesday, disrupted a plenary session and carted away the mace, the moment which was captured on video.
Deputy Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters, ASP Aremu Adeniran, in a statement narrated that the police launched massive manhunt for the mace and its stealers and eventually recovered it, adding that it was found under the City gate’s flyover(the flyover that bears the inscription You Are Welcome.)
The statement reads: ” Sequel to the invasion of the Senate Chambers of the National Assembly, Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 18th April, 2018 by some suspected thugs who disrupted the Senate Plenary Session and carted away the Mace of the Red Chambers, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris NPM, mni, 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.
“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.
“The renewed commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee protection of Lives and Property, Peace and Stability and sustain democracy in the country remains unequivocal and unwavering.”