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Senate Back in Session with Mace in Usual Place

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The Senate has resumed plenary a short while ago after coming out of a closed door session where the earlier incident of forceful removal of the mace was deliberated upon.
The session is holding with the mace, the official symbol of authority firmly in place, and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, presiding.
A statement by the Spokesman of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs said the Senate also decided that it would 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 hodlums represents”.
He said: “The hoodlums severely attacked some members of staff of the National Assembly, particularly the Sergeant-at-Arms on Chamber duties.
“The Senate has mandated the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Kpotum Ibrahim 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 Representives members led by Deputy Speaker. Hon. Yusuf Lasun, are in the Senate chambers in solidarity visits. The session is presently live on NTA Channel 10”.
The Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who is presiding, said: “We are determined to conclude all matters slated on the Order Paper for today, even if it means us sitting until 6pm”.

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