The Senate mace which was on Wednesday 18th April hijacked by thugs, was found abandoned under the flyover before the Abuja City Gate. This discovery was made known by the police early today.
The police said its recovery was facilitaed by the information of a patriotic Nigerian who alerted them after seeing it.
They however said the pursuit of the mace thieves cannot be halted as the criminals must be brought to book.
“While a discreet investigation into the incident is still ongoing to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Nigeria Police Force appreciates the spirited members of the public, most 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,” said Police superintendent, Aremu Adeniran, the deputy police PRO.
Adeniran’s statement mentioned the efforts by the police teams, prior to the recovery of the mace.
`’IGP Ibrahim Idris immediately instituted a high-powered Police Investigation and Intelligence Team coordinated by the IGP Monitoring Unit of the Force and 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.
“The Police teams engaged in massive raids of identified criminal spots/flashpoints, stop and search operations, visibility and confidence building patrols, intelligence gathering which forced the suspected miscreants to abandon the Mace at a point under the flyover before the City Gate, where a patriotic passer-by saw it and alerted the Police”.