Chaos broke out at the National Assembly complex after lawmaker from Delta state, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, invaded plenary session on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, with thugs.
The lawmaker, who was recently suspended, sneaked in through one of the glass barricades within the National Assembly complex and had the mace seized. The hoodlums that accompanied the Senator escaped from the chamber with the mace and fled in a black SUV. The mace is the symbol of authority in the Senate and no plenary sessions can legitimately take place in its absence from the chamber.
Senate President Bukola Saraki was not present when the incident happened as he is away in the United States of America to attend this year’s Spring Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, presided over the day’s session at 10:53am, shortly before the invasion started at 11:15am.
The Senate proceeded with a closed door executive session where it was decided to recommence the day’s session with a spare mace.
The Senator has since denied any involvement in the matter.