WILLIAM ATTAH, GOMBE
Gombe House of Assembly saga: IGP gives marching orders; Mace recovered
Police in Gombe Friday afternoon said it had recovered the missing mace of the Gombe State House of Assembly that was whisked away during plenary by four All Progressives Congress, APC, members.
The State Police Commissioner, Shina Tairu Olukolu, who briefed Journalists Friday afternoon said the Inspector-General of Police has also issued a marching order to the Command for the emplacement of security measures on the premises.
He explained that the recovery of the mace Friday morning was as a result of pressure mounted by the Police on the APC legislators who abandoned the mace by the premises of the National Industrial Court, opposite the Gombe State Police Command.
According to him, the Police worked closely with the APC Party leadership, House of Assembly leadership as well as other security agencies comprising the Army, SSS and the NSCDC which prevented the APC legislators from taking the mace outside Gombe.
In his words, “the pressure consequently made them to abandon the mace by the National Industrial Court Gombe State and it was recovered early this Friday (25/05/2018) morning by the Police. The mace is therefore today being handed over to the Speaker for retention and use.
“The Police therefore warn all and sundry, particularly politicians to desist from criminal acts being perpetrated in the name of politics and refrain from causing tension and unnecessary heating up of the polity”, he emphasized.