April 14, 2024

Members of the House of Representatives have shown solidarity with their colleagues in the Senate over their missing mace and have given the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris twenty four hours to retrieve it.

The House at a point during the session sent a delegate led by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Lasun Yusuff to the chamber of the Senate to sympathize with them over the hijack of the symbol of authority.

Briefing the newsmen after the plenary, Spokesperson of the House, Honourable Abdurazak Namdas described the attack on the senate as unfortunate and expressed the solidarity of the house with their colleagues.

Namdas added that “we in the House of Reps have also given the Inspector General of Police twenty four hours to retrieve the mace and we have also set up a security committee to look into what led to the ugly incident that occurred in the Senate”.

When asked whether it is permissible by law to replace mace when a session is ongoing as it was experienced today, the Spokesperson declined to answer stating the he cannot speak further on the issue because it happened at the Senate.

Meanwhile the Police have arrested suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege in connection with the missing mace.

Speaking on the constitution amendments, Namdas said they two chambers of the National Assembly have completed their legislative works on the bill and will soon be translated to the President for his assent on them.

“The amendments are completed and will soon be sent to the President for his assent. This time, we have critically worked on the bill and separated them clause by clause to avoid a scenario whereby the President will withdraw his assent on the whole bills because he feels uncomfortable with a clause.

“Thirty five state assemblies participated in the amendments and only Lagos did not work on the bills.

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