Nigerian Police in Gombe State confirm that they have recovered the mace of the state’s House of Assembly, forcefully taken away in a scuffle some members during plenary on Thursday. It was whisked away some aggrieved members of the assembly after a failed attempt to change their leadership.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Shina Olukolu told newsmen in Gombe that the mace was found around National Industrial Court in the state capital in the early hours of Friday.
“You will recall that on May 24, at about 1.30 p.m. the mace, the symbol of authority of Gombe State House of Assembly, was taken away a honourable member of the house in company of others. The incident was allegedly occasioned the dispute over leadership change of minority principal officers of the house.
On receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police visited the scene and heightened the security architecture already in place in the command based on the directives of the Inspector-General of Police. The pressure made them consequently to abandon the mace the National Industrial Court in the state and it was recovered early on Friday. The mace is therefore today being handed over to the Speaker for his retention and use,’’ he said.