Update: Stolen mace recovered, found under Abuja flyover bridge
The mace of the Nigerian senate that was stolen yesterday April 18th has been found under the flyover by the Abuja city gate. The police in a statement signed by the deputy force public relations officer force headquarters, Aremu Adeniran, said a patriotic Nigerian found the mace and alerted officers who retrieved it.
Yesterday, thugs allegedly sponsored by suspended senator Ovie Omo-Agege, stormed the senate and carted away the mace.
Read the statement from the police explaining how it was recovered below
“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 K. Idris NPM, mni, 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 FCT 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.
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.
While a discreet investigation into the incident is still ongoing to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Nigeria police force appreciates the spirited members of the public, most especially motorists within Abuja metropolis for their support, cooperation and timely information during the rigorous stop and search operations for the recovery of the mace.
The renewed commitment of the Nigeria police force to guarantee protection of lives and property, peace and stability and sustain democracy in the country remains unequivocal and unwavering.”