EFCC interrogates NASS clerk weeks before 9th Assembly inauguration

EFCC interrogates NASS clerk weeks before 9th Assembly inauguration

- The EFCC on Tuesday, May 14, grilled the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Ataba Sani Omolori

- Omolori was interrogated on issues related to financial records as well as the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly

- When contacted, authorities at the EFCC confirmed Omolori’s interrogation

A report by Leadership indicates that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) interrogated the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Ataba Sani Omolori, on Tuesday May 14.

According to the report, Omolori was interrogated on issues related to financial records as well as the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.

The battle for the leadership of 9th National Assembly was said to have been the EFCC's investigators main concern.

Omolori who was interrogated for six hours, from 11am to 5pm, was made to write answers to questions asked by the commission on the financial records of the National Assembly, and asked further questions on issues surrounding National Assembly inauguration.

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Specifically, EFCC interrogator asked Omolori to reveal whether he would apply the Senate Rule of secret balloting or open balloting in the conduct of the election of the presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly.

The manner of the interaction suggested that the commission’s interrogator wanted a situation in which Omolori is coerced into adopting the open balloting method for the conduct of the 9th NASS leadership election.

When contacted, authorities at the EFCC confirmed Omolori’s interrogation.

The crucial moment in Omolori’s stay at the EFCC was the seizing of his international passport.

It was also learnt that other key officials of the National Assembly including the Clerk of the Senate, Clerk of the House of Representatives and their deputies would be invited to the commission on Thursday, May 16.

Before Omolori’s invitation, the former Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, was equally quizzed.

Meanwhile, some senators-elect have vehemently kicked against alleged plans to reintroduce Open Voting Pattern in the election of 9th National Assembly leadership.

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The federal lawmakers mostly from the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the option of open voting was contrary to the open-secret system contained in the 2015 version of the Senate rule book.

The senators say the secret ballot system is in line with international best practices in many developed countries.

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