Snatched mace: Why senate summons IGP, DSS boss

Following the invasion of the Senate of the upper legislative chamber mace, the Senate on Thursday summoned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura.

On Wednesday, a scene was created at the Senate when some thugs gained access to the red chamber and took away their mace – a symbol of authority.

The Police announced it recovered it and has returned it to the National Assembly.

When senators returned to plenary on Thursday, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who is presiding over the session, condemned the incident, told his colleagues that the invaders must not escape punishment.

Ekweremadu who had met Vice President Yemi Osibajo over the incident yesterday, disclosed at Thursday’s plenary that the upper legislative chamber is summoning the IGP and SSS boss to appear before it next week to brief it on the findings of its investigation concerning the incident.

Describing the incident as “a very sad testimony, a derogation and total smear on our democracy and nation,” Ekweremadu expressed satisfaction at the condemnation that trailed the invasion.

“Ugly and provocative as the event of yesterday was, it showed the entire nation and the world stood together in total condemnation of the desecration of the national assembly by those who hold themselves above the law,” he said.

“Despite the return, we believe there should be consequence for bad behaviour.

“Therefore, we hold that it will be a detour to the state of nature where life was lawless and brutish if what happened yesterday is allowed to go unpunished and swept under the carpet. It will never happen. We will get to the root of this matter.

“We therefore call on the inspector-general of police and the director-general of SSS to ensure that all those who plotted, aided, abated and executed this dastardly affront on our democracy and belittle Nigerians before the international community must be brought to book to serve as a deterrent to others.

“We will be inviting them next week to brief the senate on the state of investigations.”

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