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How Thugs Invaded Senate, Took Away Mace (DETAILS)

It was like a scene from an action-packed movie. But this was real. Some thugs yesterday invaded the Senate and snatched the mace, the symbol of parliamentary authority.

For about five minutes, the thugs took over the Chamber, as senators ran helter-skelter for fear of their lives.

The thugs stormed the chamber around 11.16 am, in support of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who was suspended last Thursday for 90 legislative days.

He was suspended for not backing the Senate’s decision to alter the order of elections and for alleging that the Senate actions is targeted at President Buhari.

The Nation reports that some Ghanaian lawmakers, workers and visitors in the gallery watched as the drama unfolded.

The thugs went straight for the mace, and pulled it off its stand in front of the Senate President’s seat.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekeremadu, who was presiding, was about piloting the business of the day when mayhem broke out.

Senate President Bukola Saraki is attending the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings in the United States (U.S.).

Three of the thugs rushed to snatch the mace while others positioned themselves at the entrance.

One of them hijacked the mace and brushed aside one sergeant-at-arms personnel who attempted the courage to challenge him.

The thug charged at Ekweremadu, shouting: “get out from there, this is democracy, you cannot stop our senator from this chamber,” as he went for the mace.

After snatching the mace, the thugs pushed their way through until they disappeared through the exclusive Villa Gate.

The mace snatcher jumped into a waiting Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), which was stationed in front of the National Assembly (White House) door.

The vehicle zoomed off to access the central gate but it was locked. The vehicle did a decoy and disappeared through the Villa Gate.

It was learnt that the thugs came into the National Assembly Complex in three SUVs which were positioned at strategic points.

The incident forced the Senate into an emergency executive session to discuss the matter.

School children on excursion appeared terrified as they watched the drama.

There was an unusually high number of security personnel at the National Assembly Complex early yesterday.

Before the invasion, protesters milled at the central gate of the National Assembly, demanding the recall of Omo-Agege.

About 30 minutes after the invasion, some members of the House of Reps led by Deputy Speaker Yussuff Lasun visited the Senate in solidarity.