Ibrahim Shehu FRCN
The House of Representatives has threatened sanctions against the Inspector General of Police, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), if they failed to honor parliament’s invitation within 72 hours.
The resolution was sequel to a motion adopted by the ad hoc Committee of the House investigating the assessment and status of all recovered loots, movable and immovable assets from 2002 to 2020 at the resumed hearing on Monday.
The Chairman of the ad hoc Committee, Mr. Adejoro Adeogun, who announced the resolution, expressed disappointment over the non appearance of heads of various invited agencies of government invited by the Committee.
He further sought to know how many of the agencies were present but to his dismay all the aforementioned agencies sent representatives without a formal or official communication to the Committee which infuriated the chairman.
“You are indirectly undermining the entire parliament, not just the House of Representatives but the entire institution”.
Meanwhile, he also accused the representatives of the agencies as impersonating the agencies they claim to represent hence they could not tender a formal letter of introduction from their principals assigning them to represent them accordingly.
Moving a motion in that regard, a member from Ogun state, Isiaka Ibrahim, lamented the lack of respect accorded the parliament by various agencies of government despite being a creation of the parliament.
The motion was adopted by the Committee and the chairman in his final remarks stated that it will give the agencies till Thursday to appear , threatening to issue sanctions, in line with sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 constitution, if they failed to do so.