Nigerian police have arrested suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege after he allegedly led a group of protesters to steal the Senate’s mace.
Several intruders rushed into the upper chamber of the country’s parliament, grabbed the ceremonial staff during a session and fled with it.
The Senate’s spokesperson accused Mr Omo-Agege of leading the “armed hoodlums”, saying they had committed treason.
Mr Omo-Agege was recently suspended because of a row over comments he made during a debate on electoral reform.
The suspension was to serve as a deterrent to other senators who might wish to take the Senate to court over internal matters.