The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has recovered the stolen mace from the Senate taken during plenary by 5 suspected hoodlums’ on Wednesday.
Deputy Force Public Relations Officer SP Aremu Adeniran in a statement early Thursday morning said the stolen mace was abandoned under a bridge around the Abuja City gate.
Aremu said the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris reacted to the theft by ordering a high-powered Police Investigation and Intelligence Team coordinated by the IGP Monitoring Unit of the Force to recover the mace.
Aremu said the IGP further directed a total lock-down of the Federal Capital Territory with intense surveillance patrol and thorough Stop and Search Operations at various Police check-points with a view to arresting perpetrators and possible recovery of the stolen Mace.
He explained that the Police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols and intelligence gathering which forced the suspected miscreants to abandon the Mace.
He said the Mace was left at a point under the flyover before the City Gate, where a patriotic passer-by saw it and alerted the Police.
He added that discreet investigation into the incident is still ongoing to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice.
He said the Police appreciate the spirited members of the public, especially motorists within Abuja Metropolis for their support, cooperation and timely information during the rigorous stop and search operations for the recovery of the Mace.
He stated the renewed commitment of the Police to guarantee protection of lives and property, peace and Stability and sustain democracy in the country remains unequivocal and unwavering.