There was confusion in the senate on Wednesday after Ovie Omo-Agege, suspended senator from Delta state, stormed the red chamber with suspected thugs, carting away the mace.
He was said to have sneaked in through one of the glass barricades within the national assembly before the mace was seized with the support of the men who accompanied him.
Security operatives ran to the senator and the “thugs” to get hold of the mace but were unsuccessful.
Shortly after the sitting commenced, Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, raised an alarm that some persons had invaded the senate.
Amid the confusion, electricity went off in the red chamber but was restored shortly after.
Security operatives then ran towards where the mace was kept but the senator and those he came with had already lifted the instrument.
Amid the uproar, they overpowered the national assembly security and ran outside into three waiting vehicles, including two jeeps.
They immediately drove away and were said to have left through the gate behind the national assembly.
Although it is still unclear how the senator made his way into the chambers despite being suspended, TheCable learned that he was permitted entrance by the sergeant-at-arms.
TheCable also learned that the clerk of the national assembly has summoned the divisional police officer to explain how the senator gained access into the chambers.