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Senate back in session…but with ‘spare’ Mace



The senate has resumed sitting, shortly after the mace, its symbol of authority, was stolen.

The upper legislative chamber replaced the mace with another one, said to be a “spare”.

It is not yet clear where the mace in the chambers had been brought from. The senators are not supposed to sit without the mace, according to its standing rules.

The session according to a statement by Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi ,Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs is holding with the mace, the official symbol of authority firmly in place, and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, presiding.

“The Senate also decided that it will get to the roots of this sad assault on democracy and an obvious act of treason which the seizure of the mace by some armed hodlums represents. The hoodlums severely attacked some members of staff of the National Assembly, particularly the Sergeant-at-Arms on Chamber duties.

“The Senate has mandated the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Kpotum Ibrahim and Director General of the State Security Services (SSS), Mallam Lawan Daura, to retrieve the mace stolen by the hoodlums within 24 hours.

“At the moment, some House of Representives members led by Deputy Speaker. Hon. Yusuf Lasun, are in the Senate chambers in solidarity visits. The session is presently live on NTA Channel 10.

“We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6pm”, the Senate spokesman stated.

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