The Nigerian Police have recovered the Senate Mace stolen by hoodlums at the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly yesterday.
The Mace was forcefully seized by some suspected thugs during a plenary session on Wednesday.
In a statement on Thursday by the Deputy Force Spokesman, SP Aremu Adeniran, the mace was abandoned at a point under the flyover before the City Gate.
He said the IG has directed the Commissioner of Police, FCT to beef up security at the National Assembly.
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 Idris, 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.”
On how the mace was recovered, Adeniran said: “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.”