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A Group of Men are Being Accused of Treason for Stealing the Nigerian Senate's Ceremonial Mace

They are said to have been led by a suspended member of the senate.

UPDATE 4/19: BBC Africa reports that the mace was found this morning under a flyover in Abuja. According to police "a patriotic passer-by saw it and alerted officers." The incident will lead to a "beefing up" of security at the embassy, says the police chief.

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Just when you thought African politics couldn't get any crazier today, this happens:

A group of intruders stormed the Nigerian National Embassy on Wednesday morning and stole the ceremonial mace, reports BBC Africa. The incident is being called and act of "treason" by Nigerian authorities.

It caused a chaotic scene in the chambers this morning as men were seen fleeing with the staff.



"This action is an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a branch of the federal government of Nigeria by force, and it must be treated as such," said senate spokesman Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.

He accused senator Ovie Omo-Agege—who was recently suspended over comments he made during a debate on eloectoral reformof leading the armed group that stole the staff. Omo-Agege was immediately arrested following the incident. A video from the Guardian shows the exact moment when the staff was taken.

Though it is said that the senate cannot convene without the present of the staff, a source from the senate told OkayAfrica that members continued their session with a replacement mace put in place.

The All Progressive Congress (APC) led by President Buhari, also gave a statement regarding the incident. "APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly," it read. "We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice."

According to another report by BBC Africa, the Nigerian police force has been given 24 hours to find and retrieve the stolen mace.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Listen to Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz’ New Song ‘Wasted Energy’

The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.