Gombe State House Of Assembly Mace Stolen

 

The Mace of the Gombe State House Assembly has been stolen during a session to remove the Minority Leader.

The Minority Leader, Mohammed Usman Haruna, was reported to have held a press conference on May 5 condemning the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

This angered members of the party in the Assembly, which is dominated by the People’s Democratic Party, and they moved to remove him. Five out of eight APC members had signed the motion for his removal.

But on Thursday, during the process for his removal, one of those who had endorsed his removal made a U-turn, saying he had been forced to endorse the motion under duress.

This led to an equal split of those for his removal and those against it. In the ensuing drama, a member of the Assembly reportedly made away with the mace aided by another lawmaker.

After the lawmaker exited the chamber with it, his accomplice held the door close to enable him to get away.

After the incident, the Majority Leader of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Mr Fabulous Amos, said those involved in the theft of the mace had been suspended.

“We have suspended them for four legislative days,” he said adding that the matter was referred to the Committee on Ethics and Privileges.

The committee was mandated to investigate the incident and report back to the Assembly on Monday, May 28.

Beyond the action being taken by the Assembly, the Gombe State Police Command is aware of the incident and plans to take appropriate action after failing to stop the lawmaker from getting away with the mace.

“The policemen (at the Assembly) made strenuous efforts professionally to stop the man who was going with the mace in his vehicle,” the Commissioner of Police in the state, Shina Olukoku, said.

“In addition to that, the tyres of the vehicles were professionally shot at to prevent the escape of the member who had the mace. Eventually, the vehicle was immobilised, and it stopped on the road. But he still succeeded in going away with the mace.”

According to the police commissioner, the police are “on top of the situation” and that they will recover the mace.

“We are trying to ensure that the mace is recovered as quickly as possible while working with the leadership of the House of Assembly as well as the party leadership in the state.”

Omo-Agege Secures Court Order Restraining Police, DSS From Arresting Him

[BREAKING] Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege Snatching Mace
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

An Abuja High Court has granted Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta central, an interim order restraining the police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and other law enforcement bodies from arresting him.

The suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege had earlier been accused by the Senate of complicity in the rowdy session at the Senate on Wednesday.

The rowdy session led to the penetration of the Red Chambers by some hoodlums who carted away the legislative symbol of authority. Omo-Agege was then invited by the police and later released. The mace was then recovered under a flyover in Abuja and returned by the police to the Senate.

Omo-Agege got the interim order restraining the police, the Department of State Service and other law enforcement bodies from arresting him after his lawyers approached the court on Thursday to seek an interim injunction against arrest or detention of the Senator.

Omo-Agege has since denied the allegation of leading the hoodlums who carted away the mace from the Red Chambers and denied being arrested by the police.

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Police Return Stolen Senate Mace To National Assembly

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The police have returned the mace which was stolen from the Senate, about 24 hours after some hoodlums invaded the Red Chamber.

A top personnel of the force handed over the mace to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Sani Omolori, on Thursday at the assembly complex in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

At about noon on Wednesday, some hoodlums stormed the Upper House, disrupted proceedings and snatching the mace from the chamber.

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The Red Chamber consequently issued a statement in which it condemned the incident as an act of treason and an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force.

It also accused the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, claiming he led the hoodlums to plenary to seize the symbol of authority of the Senate.

Senator Omo-Agege was later picked up by the police on the premises of the complex, although he has since denied any involvement in the theft of the mace and freed from police custody.

The leadership of the National Assembly subsequently issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the police and Department of State Service (DSS) to recover the stolen mace.

In line with the directive, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, immediately instituted an investigation team into the incident.

The police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots, stop and search operations, as well as visibility and confidence-building patrols among other exercises in the nation’s capital.

This led to the discovery of the stolen mace by a passer-by at a point under the flyover in the nation’s capital, who alerted the police.

Hours later a top police officer handed the mace over to Omolori, Clerk of the National Assembly.

Unidentified Persons Invade Senate, Snatch Mace

 

Unidentified persons on Wednesday invaded the Senate Chambers and disrupted the ongoing proceedings.

The invaders snatched the mace and took it away.

Reports say the men are supporters of Senator Ovie Omo- Agege who was suspended last week.

However, there is heightened security at the National Assembly and the Senate has gone into a closed-door session.

The snatching of the mace comes a week after Senator Omo-Agege was suspended by the Senate for 90 Legislative days.

The Senate suspended the Senator during plenary over the remarks he made at a press conference that the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act which changes the sequence of elections set by INEC is targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

Although the Senator on February 21, 2018, apologised to the Senate over his comments about electoral act Amendment.

The Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges had recommended in its report that Senator Omo-Agege be suspended for 181 legislative days but the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, recommended that it be reduced to 90 legislative days.

FG Orders Probe Of National Assembly Invasion

 

The Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the invasion of the National Assembly and theft of the mace from the Senate.

Several individuals suspected to be thugs had entered the Senate chamber during plenary around 11:30 am, snatched and went away with the mace.

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Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, said in a statement that the Federal Government was shocked by the incident and has ordered a probe.

The security agencies are “to immediately unravel the circumstances surrounding the breach of security that led to the invasion”, the statement signed by a Special Adviser to the minister, Mr Segun Adeyemi, read in part.

In addition to that, the statement said security would also be reinforced to prevent a recurrence.

The Federal Government’s directive is not the first to be received by the security agencies about the incident.

Shortly after the mace was stolen, the Senate accused Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of sending thugs to steal the mace.

It described the action as an act of treason and an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, which must be treated with importance.

The National Assembly also gave the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and Director-General of the Department of State Security, Lawal Daura, 24 hours to recover the Mace.

The theft of the mace has been widely condemned and many Nigerians took to the social media to react to it with many of them mocking the development.

Senate President Bukola Saraki who is in the United States issued a statement praising lawmakers for rising to the defence of the country’s democracy, while the House of Representatives called the incident a mockery of democracy.

 

Senate Accuses Omo-Agege Of Sending Thugs To Snatch Mace

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The Senate has accused the Senator representing Delta Central District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, of sending thugs to snatch the mace.

Unidentified hoodlum on Wednesday invaded the Senate Chambers and disrupted the ongoing proceedings, carting away the symbol of authority (mace).

The Upper Chamber described the development as an act of treason and an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, which must be treated with importance.

In a statement by the Senate through its Spokesman, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, it explains how the incident occurred.

“Today, some 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 also an affront to the legislature, and the leadership of the House has come to express their support against it”.

The Senate has therefore called on all Security agencies to stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilise their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the mastermind and the perpetrators of this act.

The Senate entered an executive session and later resumed plenary.

Another mace was also replaced at the Senate Chamber.

 

 

Sunrise Daily Highlights Memories of 2013

Sunrise Daily Host, Chamberlain Usoh on Wednesday morning gave a review of the major highlights, issues and episodes of the programme in 2013, including the Nigeria Governor’s Forum crisis in which two chairmen, Jonah Jang and Chibuike Amaechi, emerged following a controversial election which was held in May 2013.

According to a statement by Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, the purported election that returned Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) was a ruse.

Other issues highlighted were the return of Taraba state governor, Danbaba Suntai, who was deemed unfit to continue to hold office as a result of his health, alleged fabrications by the Abia state government on its various achievements which an investigative journalist challenged on the programme.

Finally, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) employment scam which led to an interview with the then Lagos State commandant, Obafaiye Shem. The interview with the officer, who was unable to state the official website of the agency, went viral online and produced the popular phrase, ‘Oga At The Top.”

Investigation Into Rivers Crisis May Be A Ruse – Nnaji

A public affairs analyst, Chima Nnaji, has described the Rivers Assembly crisis as a ‘cocktail of misdeeds’ on both sides of the divide, pro and anti Amaechi factions, adding that the investigation being carried out by the Inspector general of Police may not be genuine.  

“I’m not too keen about investigations in Nigeria because investigations sometimes are contrived to solve a problem whose outcome is already pre-determined”.

Mr Nnaji disclosed this while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Monday.

He described the political crisis in Rivers state which culminated in a fight in the state house of assembly as a ‘total mess’.

Mr Nnaji said the best approach to take would have been for the majority of the lawmakers to ignore the minority which conducted a session impeaching the Speaker and suspending them.

The impeachment process, which was ‘terribly uncoordinated’ and in a ‘haste’ was also ‘petulant’ and ‘uncouth’, he said.

He called on the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Inspector general of Police to put things in proper perspective.

The IG should investigate the Commissioner of Police and commend him if he was doing his job professionally.