‘Hoodlums’ steal mace from Nigerian Senate: lawmakers

LAGOS- The ceremonial mace of Nigeria’s upper chamber of parliament was stolen on Wednesday, Senate leaders said, condemning the theft as an “act of treason”.

Aliyu Sabi Adbullahi, Senate media and public affairs chairperson said, “Today, some hoodlums… seized the symbol of authority of the Upper Legislative Chamber, the 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,”

The mace is an integral part of Parliament as it cannot convene without it.

The mace is a metre-long metal rod traditionally carried by the Senate speaker upon entering and leaving the chamber.

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Media reports in Nigeria’s reported that parliamentarians were involved in scuffles as the mace was taken out of the chamber and the parliament building.

Extraordinarily it was then put into a black all-terrain car, which drove off.

In a statement from the Senate, they said the action was an “affront to the legislature”, they even as to accused a suspended senator of leading the thieves.

This has happened before, taking tthe mace has been used as a tactic to express displeasure with parliamentary proceedings in the Senate and the lower House of Representatives, as well as state legislatures.

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