What snatching of Senate mace by thugs has done to Nigeria – Ekweremadu

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Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, revealed what the attack on the Senate on Wednesday, has cost Nigeria.

While describing the invasion of the Senate as an indictment of security agencies in the country, he said no foreign investors would like to invest in a country with such a porous security system.

He added that, it is another lesson on the need to rethink the nation’s security structure.

Thugs suspected to be loyal to the suspended Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege on Wednesday, invaded the red chambers and forcefully took away the mace.

The Deputy Senate President spoke when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Political Science Association, NPSA, which paid a solidarity visit to the Senate.

He said: “It is an embarrassment to Nigeria before the international community for someone to drive all the way into the National Assembly Complex, enter the hallowed chamber, and cart away its symbol of authority.

“It shows a breakdown of security and it is a setback to Nigeria’s drive for foreign investment because no one would be ready to invest money in such a system.

“So, it is a lesson that we cannot keep doing the same thing with our security system and expect a different result.

“It is also an irony that the people involved would organise armed bandits to rob the Senate of its mace since they understand the implication of what they have done.

“As a parliament, we will ensure that this does not happen again and insist that all the actors behind the drama are brought to book.”

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