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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Police retrieve stolen Senate Mace

At about noon on Thursday, 19th April, the police returned the Mace- stolen on 18th of April- to the upper chamber of the Assembly.

After the Mace was taken, the Senate instructed the security agencies to get it back in 24hours. That they did. The police claimed they found the Mace under a bridge in Abuja, probably abandoned by the intruders when the security check set up was getting hot for them.

Then at about noon a deputy Inspector-General of police returned it to the National Assembly.

The police also declared that they were still in search for the perpetrators and thanked the public for the support and cooperation so far.

“While a discreet investigation into the incident is still ongoing to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Nigeria Police Force appreciates the spirited members of the public, most especially motorists within Abuja Metropolis for their support, cooperation and timely information during the rigorous stop and search operations for the recovery of the Mace,” said police superintendent, Aremu Adeniran, the deputy police PRO.

Also about the police efforts he said,
'’IGP Ibrahim Idris immediately instituted a high-powered Police Investigation and Intelligence Team coordinated by the IGP Monitoring Unit of the Force and further directed a total lock-down of the Federal Capital Territory with intense surveillance patrol and thorough Stop and Search Operations at various police check-points with a view to arresting perpetrators and possible recovery of the stolen Mace.

“The police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols, intelligence gathering which forced the suspected miscreants to abandon the Mace at a point under the flyover before the City Gate, where a patriotic passer-by saw it and alerted the police.” reports.

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