Human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has called for the recovery of the stolen Senate mace, saying the spare mace ”is not sufficient to replace the stolen one.”
Hoodlums disrupted plenary session on Wednesday, and made away with the mace, the symbol of authority of the Senate.
But after the senators held an executive session, another ‘mace’ was brought into the chamber to replace the stolen one.
The lawmakers believe the attack was masterminded by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who was last week suspended by the red chamber for allegedly violating the Senate rules.
And speaking to Channels TV, Falana said the proceedings of the Senate could not continue until the stolen mace was retrieved.
“The implication is that the proceedings of the Senate will stand suspended until the mace is produced. It will be dangerous to go and ‘manufacture’ another one,” he said.
”They must get to the root of this criminality and find the one that has been stolen.”
Another senior lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) described the invasion as a sad day for democracy and Nigeria.
He said, “What happened (yesterday) was a civilian equivalent of a coup d’etat on the second arm of government. It is a great disaster for democracy and it should be roundly condemned.
“For a senator, who was suspended, whether rightly or wrongly, and who has approached the court to invoke its powers, under section 6 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and pronounce on his suspension, to now violate his oath of office and invade the sacred chambers of the Senate, with thugs, who forcefully and physically grabbed the symbol of authority, of hope and integrity, is a sad development.
“This is the same senator who sat on the committee that suspended Senator Ali Ndume for 180 days. It is sad for our democracy. It is a day of lamentation for our country.”