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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Protesters storm National Assembly, steal mace (VIDEO)

Some protesters on Wednesday invaded the Senate Chambers, disrupted the ongoing proceedings and made away with the mace.

The men are reportedly supporters of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who was suspended last week.

They came to the venue with the senator.

The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.

Below is Senate spokesperson Sabi Abdullahi's statement in reaction to the incident on Wednesday:

*RESPONSE TO TODAY’S INCIDENT IN THE SENATE CHAMBER*

Today, some armed hoodlums led by suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, walked into the Senate plenary and 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. All security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilise their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the mastermind and the perpetrators of this act.

This action is also an affront on the legislature, and the leadership of the House has come to express their support against this action.

The Senate is now in an Executive session.

An updated statement will be released immediately after the closed door session.

*Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi*
*Senate Spokesperson*

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