This theft was blamed on the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who had allegedly led the hoodlums into the chamber before they seized the mace.
The lawmaker had been suspended for 90 legislative days for his conduct in objecting to the electoral amendment bill which is seeking to reorganise the order of elections in the country.
Senator Omo-Agege was arrested after plenary session yesterday but was released hours later after answering questions over what he described as deliberate and unfair allegations from the leadership of the Senate.
The FCT Police Command has already arrested five suspects in connection to the crime, all of them from Delta.
Here’s a chronicle of how the mace was stolen in pictures and videos:
1. Even though Senator Omo-Agege was suspended last week, he made a surprise appearance at plenary session on Wednesday, which led to mild confusion in the chamber.
Here he is approaching the day’s presiding officer, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, with the hoodlums right behind him:
3. Here, one of the hoodlums holds the mace above his head and runs out while confused Senators look on:
4. Here’s a video of Senator Omo-Agege’s approach and how the theft took place: