House of Reps to investigate $10 million bribery allegation by CUPP

House of Reps to investigate $10 million bribery allegation by CUPP

- The House of Representatives is heading to court over allegations of bribery against the green chambers

- The lawmakers took the decision on Tuesday, May 5 while adopting a motion by the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase at plenary

- The CUPP on Monday, May 4 said the leadership of the House were bribed with $10 million by Bill Gates to pass the bill

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The House of Representatives has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate bribery allegations levelled against it by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Monday, May 4.

The lawmakers took the decision on Tuesday, May 5 while adopting a motion by the Deputy Speaker, Honourable Ahmed Wase at plenary.

The CUPP had claimed that the leadership of the House of Representatives was offered $10 million by an American billionaire, Bill Gates to pass the bill.

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The group's spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere further alleged that the green chambers is poised to forcefully pass the compulsory vaccine bill without subjecting it to the traditions of legislative proceedings.

He added that the Speaker, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, should be impeached if he forces the bill on members.

Interestingly, the CUPP did not provide any evidence to back up its claim.

Wase said he had not collected anything neither was he aware of any member of the house that had collected money from anyone on that account.

Similarly, the majority and minority leaders of the house, Alhassan Doguwa and Ndudi Elumelu, denied the allegations.

On his part, Speaker Gbajabiamila said that issues with such baseless accusation would be given credence when responded to.

He said the allegation was weighty enough for legal action to be taken.

While adopting the motion, the house mandated its clerk to liaise with the majority leader of the house and the legal adviser to the National Assembly to commence legal action.

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To fine-tune the efficacy of the legal action, the House also set up an investigative panel headed by Honourable Henry Nwawuba to fish out those responsible for the report.

The panel is to report back to the House in 10 days.

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Meanwhile, a total of 41 Civil Society Organisations have rejected the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill co-sponsored by Gbajabiamila and two other lawmakers in the lower chamber.

The bill, which seeks to repeal the obsolete Quarantine Act of 1929 and enact the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, make provisions relating to quarantine and regulations for preventing the introduction into and spread of dangerous infectious diseases in Nigeria, and for other related matters.

The bill which sparked outrage in Nigeria recently, passed first and second reading at plenary under controversial circumstances.

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