Gombe Assembly recovers stolen mace

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The Gombe state House of Assembly mace has been recovered, after been forcefully taken away by some members during plenary on Thursday.

Commissioner of Police, CP, in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu, told newsmen in Gombe that the mace was found around National Industrial Court in the state capital in the early hours of Friday.

Recall that the mace, the symbol of authority of the legislature, was whisked away by some aggrieved members of the assembly after a failed attempt to impeach the Minority Leader, Ahmed Usman Haruna.

“You will recall that yesterday, May 24, at about 1.30 p.m. the mace, the symbol of authority of Gombe state House of Assembly, was taken away by a honourable member of the house in company of others. The incident was allegedly occasioned by the dispute over leadership change of minority principal officers of the house. On receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police visited the scene and heightened the security architecture already in place in the command based on the directives of the Inspector-General of Police. The pressure made them consequently to abandon the mace by the National Industrial Court in the state and it was recovered early on Friday. The mace is therefore today being handed over to the Speaker for his retention and use,’’ the CP said.

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