There was a mild drama at the senate on Wednesday after suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, from Delta state, stormed the senate with suspected thugs, carting away the mace.
He was said to have sneaked in through one of the glass barricades within the national assembly before the mace was seized with the support of the men who accompanied him.
Security operatives ran to the senator and the “thugs” to get hold of the mace but were unsuccessful.
There is a serious uproar within the national assembly at the moment.
Shortly after the sitting has commenced, Ike Ekweremadu, depute senate president, raised an alarm that some persons had invaded the senate.
The light also went off amid the confusion but was restored shortly after
Security operatives then ran towards where the mace was kept but the senator and those he had came with had already lifted the instrument.
Amid the uproar, they overpowered the national assembly security and ran outside into waiting vehicles numbering three, including two jeeps.
They immediately drove away and were said to have left through the gate behind the national assembly.
They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV.
The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.
One of the security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly said the thugs told him and other officers they were with the senator.
“We tried to stop them but they told us they were with him (Omo-Agege),” he said.
It is still unclear how the senator made his way into the chambers despite being suspended but TheCable learnt he was permitted entrance by the seargent-at-arms at the entrance door.
The clerk of the national assembly has summoned the divisional police officer to explain how the senator made his way into the chambers.