IG Orders Security Beef-up at NASS As Stolen Mace is Recovered, Returned to Senate

By Eric Elezuo

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sadiq Bello, to beef up security within and around the National Assembly complex following the invasion, on Wednesday of unidentified persons, purportedly brought by the suspended senator representing Delta Central District, Mr. Ovie Omo-Agege, who made away with the legislative symbol of authority, the mace.

In a press release signed by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, SP Aremu Adeniran,  the IG described the efforts put in place by the police which led to the 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,” the statement read.

The police further disclosed that a ‘discreet investigation into the incident’ is still ongoing to arrest and bring the perpetrators of the act to justice and thanked members of the public ‘especially motorists for their support, cooperation and timely information’.

“The renewed commitment of the the Nigeria Police Force to guarantee protection of lives and property, peace and stability and sustain democracy in the country remains unequivocal and unwavering,” the Police statement promised.

Meanwhile, the recovered mace has been to the Red Chamber. The return was facilitated by the Police DIG Operations. The mace was received by the CNA, and together with the Sergeant at arms, they took it into the Senate Chambers.

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