The National Assembly has this morning been thrown into confusion as unknown men waltz in and made away with the mace from the chamber.
Five persons snuck into the chamber while DSP, Ike Ekweremadu was presiding and went away with the mace .
The guys including two hefty guys ran out of the chamber through the main gate.
They jumped into a waiting jeep and drove off.
Meanwhile, the Senate has accused the suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) of leading thugs to steal mace.
The mace is a very powerful tool in the Nigerian legislative process of law making. It signifies authority and power to convene a legislative sitting. It stands as a symbol and also used in both the states and federal house of assemblies across the Federal Republic of Nigeria to facilitate the process of law making.
Spokesperson of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger) in a statement said: “Today, some armed hoodlums led by suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, walked into the Senate plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the Upper Legislative Chamber, the mace.
“This action is an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, and it must be treated as such. All Security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilize their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the mastermind and the perpetrators of this act.
“This action is also an affront on the legislature, and the Leadership of the House has come to express their support against this action”.
Recall that Omo-Agege was suspended last Thursday over his remark on the reordered election sequence.
In another development, members of the House of Representatives have resolved to move to the Senate for solidarity over the snatching of the Senate mace that happened earlier in the day.
The lawmakers suspended their plenary for 30 minutes to be able to empathize with their Senate colleagues over the incident.
Members of the House, who lamented the development said it was an attack on democracy and a dark day in the history of Nigeria’s democratic journey.
House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, who moved a motion on the matter, described the mace snatching as the worst thing to have happened to the Nigerian Legislature.
The House is to reconvene at 1.pm.