Thugs going with the Mace Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

The police high command has failed to sanction police operatives who were on duty during the invasion of the Senate chamber by suspected thugs who stole the mace on April 18.

The police officers and other security personnel allegedly allowed the thugs to enter the National Assembly premises without proper security checks and clearance.

Sources informed PUNCH not TheNigeriaLawyer that the policemen and other security operatives who were on duty during the incident were never queried or sanctioned in any way.

A source explained that the police investigation might gloss over the security personnel’s alleged negligence or involvement in the attack, adding that the suspects, who carried out the theft of the mace, could not have succeeded without official complicity and support.

The source cited the testimony of the Divisional Police Officer in the National Assembly, CSP Sulu-Gambari Abdul, on Wednesday last week, to buttress his point.

He explained that Abdul attributed the invasion to internal conspiracy between security personnel at the National Assembly and some lawmakers.

The source said, “The admission of the DPO amply demonstrates that the theft of the mace could not have occurred without official complicity at the highest level.

“So, it is clear that those involved would be protected and nothing would happen unless the senate leadership insists on their redeployment from the National Assembly. No sanction had been meted to them.”

Abdul had told an investigative hearing into the incident by the joint ad hoc committee that the senate invasion was carried out by security agencies and some disgruntled lawmakers.

He stated that the perpetrators had staged a diversionary protest to lure him out before eight thugs invaded the Senate and made away with the symbol of legislative authority.

The force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood could not be reached on Saturday for comment on the alleged complicity of policemen in the Senate invasion as calls to his mobile indicated that he was unavailable.

He had yet to respond to an SMS as of the time of filing this report.

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