The Senate was on high alert Wednesday after armed men interrupted a session at Nigeria’s parliament, stealing its mace.
The men were allegedly led by suspended lawmaker Ovie Omo-Agege who seized the symbol of authority from the upper red chambers sitting in Abuja, the Senate said.
The incident was branded “an act of treason” by Aliyu Abdullahi, a Senate spokesman who said the lawmaker was trying to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Laws cannot be passed by Nigeria’s Senate in the absence of the mace, a symbol of authority binding decisions taken on the Senate floor. Despite the incident, sessions continued Wednesday in the 109-member assembly with a spare mace, Shehu Sani, a senator . . .
Thugs suspected to be loyal to the suspended Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege have invaded the red chambers and forcefully taken away the mace . . .
Nigeria Senate Mace Theft Augurs Tensions Ahead of 2019 Vote
A suspended senator led armed men into Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber in a plenary session Wednesday, stealing the mace in a dramatic twist that signals political turmoil ahead of presidential polls in 2019.
A suspended senator led armed men into Nigeria’s upper legislative chamber in a plenary session Wednesday, stealing the mace in a dramatic twist that signals political turmoil ahead of presidential polls in 2019 . . .
Three men burst into Nigeria’s Senate on Wednesday and snatched the legislature’s ceremonial mace, in an incident the body’s spokesman blamed on a lawmaker who had been suspended.
Men of the Nigeria Police arrested Senator Ovie Omo-Agege immediately after the plenary . . .
The police have arrested Ovie Omo-Agege, a senator from Delta state, who led some unidentified persons to cart away the mace of the senate . . .