Mace Theft: Investigation may take 10 years - Police

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  • May 23, 2018 - 1:48 p.m.


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The National Assembly panel, constituting the joint committee of Senate and House co-chaired by Senator Bala Ibn Na-Allah and Rep Betty Apiafi, has lamented over the delay in completion of police investigation over the stolen Mace, the symbol of authority of the Senate.

The panel made their position known on Tuesday when the Commissioner of Police, CP in charge of IG monitoring unit, Abu Sani appeared before the panel.

They probed the invasion of the Senate and further decried delay in completion of police investigation on the matter, over a month after the incident.

The CP Sani said it could take up to 10years and Rep Apiafi (PDP, Rivers) quipped by saying it could even be 30 years. 

On his part, Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi) said the police was not adhering to rule of law in their investigation.

He said, “Otherwise the suspects would have been charged to court through FIR, First Information Report.”

Recall that on April 18, 2018, a group of suspected thugs numbering five had invaded the Senate and carted away the Mace.

Sani had told the committee that the investigation into the matter was inconclusive and assured the panel that they were working to get to the root of the matter.

He further noted that the suspects arrested in connection with the matter have denied their involvement.

“The CCTV that was supposed to capture what happened from outside to inside the chamber was not functional. That would have assisted in puncturing the denial of the suspects.

"We are still trying to establish the link between the suspects in our custody and those that carted away with the Mace, Sani said, as he presented an interim report of the police to the pane," he had said.

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