The Senate has resumed plenary on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, after coming out of an executive session where the earlier incident of forceful removal of the mace was deliberated upon.
The session, according to a press release signed by Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, is holding the mace, the official symbol of authority firmly in place, and Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President, presiding.
The Senate also decided that it will get to the roots of this sad assault on democracy and an obvious act of treason which the seizure of the mace by some armed hoodlums represents.
The hoodlums severely attacked some members of staff of the National Assembly, particularly the Sergeant-at-Arms on Chamber duties.
The Senate has mandated Idris Kpotum Ibrahim, the Inspector General of Police, and Director General of the State Security Services, SSS, Mallam Lawan Daura, to retrieve the mace stolen by the hoodlums within 24 hours.
At the moment, some House of Representatives members led by Deputy Speaker. Yusuf Lasun, are in the Senate chambers in solidarity visits.
The session is presently live on NTA Channel 10. “We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6pm”, says Ekweremadu.