Armed men storm National Assembly, steal mace
The entire National Assembly was enveloped by commotion, fear and tension on Wednesday morning as some armed men stormed the Senate chamber along with suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, overpowered security men and forcefully took away the mace.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Correspondent reports that plenary was proceeding in the Red Chamber at about 11.15 a.m. when some persons made their way into the session and took the mace away.
The intruders had overpowered the Sergeants-at-Arm before going for the mace, the symbol of authority of the chamber, while the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, was presiding at the plenary.
Some witnesses of the incident, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that a senator was earlier sighted with the persons suspected to have carried out the act.
As at the time of this report, the lawmakers immediately went into a close-door-session and the mace was yet to be found.
Meanwhile, activities have been halted in the National Assembly as the House of Representatives discontinued with its plenary as a result of the incident.
Lawmakers and members of staff of the assembly were seen in clusters discussing the incident.