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Gombe police recovers State Assembly’s mace behind court complex
The Gombe State police command says it has recovered the mace of the State House of Assembly which was reportedly stolen on Wednesday.
Tairu Shina Olukolu, Commissioner of Police, Gombe State, told newsmen on Friday that the mace was found behind the National Industrial Court complex, after a team of policemen were dispatched to search for it.
He however added that no one has been arrested in connection to the recovered mace, adding that investigation was ongoing.
On Thursday, a mild drama played out at the floor of the assembly after four out of the eight APC members of the Gombe State Assembly failed to impeach Ahmed Haruna, the Minority leader of the House.
In the chaos that followed the process, one of the four lawmakers snatched the mace and ran out of the legislative chambers, while the three other accomplices held the door shut to enable him escape.
“The policemen (at the Assembly) made strenuous efforts professionally to stop the man who was going with the mace in his vehicle,” Channels Television quoted Olukolu, the State’s Police Commissioner, as saying later on Thursday.
“In addition to that, the tyres of the vehicles were professionally shot at to prevent the escape of the member who had the mace. Eventually, the vehicle was immobilised, and it stopped on the road. But he still succeeded in going away with the mace.”
“We are trying to ensure that the mace is recovered as quickly as possible while working with the leadership of the House of Assembly as well as the party leadership in the state.”
The APC four lawmakers: Abdullahi Maiwanka, Walid Mohammed, Mohammed Bello and Abubakar Ibrahim, were suspended from the Assembly while the issue was referred to the Committee on Ethics and Privileges for further action.
The Gombe stolen mace saga comes barely one month after a similar incident played out at the National Assembly.
Thugs, allegedly loyal to the then suspended senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, stole the mace from the senate chambers and successfully escaped arrest.
However, the mace was later recovered under one of the bridges in Abuja. According to the Police, the six suspects involved in stealing the mace eventually were arrested. It has since been returned to the Senate.