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Someone stole the Nigerian Senate’s ceremonial golden mace

From fisticuffing grown men in traditional attires to verbal abuse at every other National Assembly gathering, the Nigerian Senate chronicles continue with what senate leaders have called an act of treason. During the senate meeting in the Nigerian National Embassy on Wednesday morning, a group of intruders stormed into the Nigerian National Embassy and stole the ceremonial mace.

“This action is an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a branch of the federal government of Nigeria by force, and it must be treated as such” said Senate media and public affairs chairman, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, in his statement following the incident. He also accused suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, of leading the criminal act. Ovie Omo-Agege’s involvement was confirmed by a member of the security staff who told Premium Times that the security staff tried to stop the group but they said they were with the senator. The Senate gave the police 24 hours to find the mace, because as you may already know, “The parliament cannot convene without their three-foot long metal staff.

Turns out the police came through, detaining senator Ovie Omo-Agege on Wednesday, after he was accused. According to news from the statement released by the police today, their search “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”. #crisisaverted.

But only just. We’ll live to remember the embarrassing events until perhaps things get worse and we become desensitised on how disgraceful our lawmakers’ can be.

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