Mace Theft Investigation May Last For 30 Years - Police
Wonders shall never end in Nigeria.
Investigation into April’s invasion of Senate plenary and theft of its Mace assumed a new twist on Tuesday when the police openly admitted that the probe could last for as much as 30 years.
This, they said, is because the prime suspect that took away the mace was still at large.
Commissioner of Police in charge of IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters, Abu Sani, made the revelations before the Joint National Assembly Ad-hoc Committee investigating the invasion.
We all still remember the theft of mace by armed thugs suspected to be loyalists of the embattled senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Ovie Omo-Agege.
We can recall none of the perpetrators covered his face, but the police commissioner said that while five suspects who followed the then suspended senator to the chamber, were still in police custody, the one who stole the mace was yet to be found.
He identified the non-functionality of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) installed in the National Assembly Complex as well as absence of radio communication gadgets and some of the factors that have hampered its work in investigating the matter.
"We can investigate the case for 30 years. I have not seen them (the suspects) ..... The suspect that took the mace is still on the run," Sani told members of the committee.
The lawmakers had initially accused the police of complicity in the matter, but they were shocked when he told them the state of security in the National Assembly.
Nevertheless, they decried the slow pace of investigation, describing the incident as a 'national embarrassment'.
Meanwhile, the committee adjourned till Wednesday to allow the officers holding the suspects in custody to appear before it.
If the police were able to fish out the prime suspects in the bloody Offa bank robbery, why can’t they find the mace thief?
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