The Nigeria Police Force says it has arrested six of the thugs that invaded the Senate chambers on Wednesday and made away with the mace.
The hoodlums were said to be working for Ovie Omo-Agege, a senator from Delta State who was suspended for 90 legislative days for claiming that the Senate’s amendment of the electoral act was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, Omo-Agege, who was arrested by the police immediately after Wednesday’s plenary, has denied that the men were working for him.
“We are aware of several media reports suggesting that Senator Omo-Agege personally removed or encouraged anyone to remove the Mace of the Senate. This weighty allegation is not true at all,” read a statement issued by his office late Wednesday.
“Following media reports on the Mace issue, the Police decided to hear from Senator Omo-Agege. He has told them his perspective to help them carry out a proper investigation. He has since left the Police. He trusts them to thoroughly investigate this very serious matter.
“We are also aware of a statement allegedly issued by the Senate Spokesperson, Senator Abdullahi Sabi. Without any investigation, Senator Sabi willfully, deliberately and unfairly made very serious allegations against Senator Omo-Agege on the Mace incident.
Pictures of the arrested suspects were made available to the media on Thursday, with the police promising to charge them to court as soon as possible.
Items recovered from them include a piece of cloth that had cowries sewn unto it, believed to be protective charms, and a campaign poster of one Prince Osebeyo Rotimi Solomon, who is running for Councillor of Iyara ward, Ijumu LGA of Kogi State.
The stolen mace has since been recovered and returned to the Senate.
Below are the pictures of the suspects: