Breaking: Reps move to sanction police, DSS over refusal to arrest ministers, heads of agencies

Breaking: Reps move to sanction police, DSS over refusal to arrest ministers, heads of agencies

- House of Representatives has moved to sanction any security agent who refuses to arrest members of the executive over contempt of parliament

- The House said that some ministers and heads of agencies have refused to honour summons of the NASS

- The green chamber noted that it has consolidated two bills seeking to penalise officers of the Nigerian police and the DSS for failure to arrest erring public office holders

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The House of Representatives has said that any police officer or an operative of the Department of State Security (DSS) who fails to arrest and compel the appearance of ministers and heads of agencies for refusing to honour summons of the National Assembly would be sanctioned.

Vanguard reports that the lower legislative chamber on Tuesday, July 7, consolidated two bills seeking to penalise officers of the Nigerian police and the DSS for failure to arrest anybody who refuses to honour House directives.

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Legit.ng gathered that the National Assembly is empowered by sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 constitution, to investigate all agencies and cause arrest, of those who do not cooperate with their enquiry on any issue.

Breaking: Reps move to sanction police, DSS over refusal to arrest ministers, heads of agencies

Members of House of Representatives during a plenary. Credit: Twitter/House of Representatives.
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The two bills are entitled: A bill for an act to amend the legislative Houses (powers and privileges) act, 2017 to prescribe the offence and punishment for contempt of legislative Houses, to provide punishment on the police or any other law enforcement agent that refuses to arrest any person as directed by a legislative House

The bills also seek to provide an exception to the kind of person to be compelled by a legislative House, such as president, the executive governors and their deputies, diplomats and their agents, representatives of international organisations such as the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, ECOWAS, and a bill for an act to amend the legislative House and guarantee the principle of separation of powers, and for related matters.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a member of the House of Representatives, Zakariya Dauda Nyampa, advocated for fresh graduates to be enlisted into the army.

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It was reported that Nyampa who represents representing Michika/Madagali constituency of Adamawa state, said the military service should replace the mandatory one-year National Youth Services Corps (NYSC).

The lawmaker made the suggestion at a virtual meeting organised by a non-governmental organisation.

He said graduates who do not have the interest to serve as military personnel should be allowed to venture into other endeavours after the mandatory one-year training and service in the Nigerian army.

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