- The House of Representatives has given the CBN governor and other heads of agencies the deadline to appear before it
- A committee of the Green Chamber is investigating recovered loot from 2002 to 2020 and summoned the heads of agencies to explain their roles regarding the recoveries
- However, the CBN governor and others are yet to honour the invitation, a situation that has infuriated the lawmakers
National Assembly, Abuja - An ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives investigating recovered assets has issued a 72-hour ultimatum to some heads of agencies to appear before it.
Those affected by the ultimatum, according to a report by Premium Times, are Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Babagana Monguno, the National Security Adviser (NSA), and Bashir Jamoh, the director-general of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The committee also issued the same ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali.
Legit.ng gathers that the summon was issued on Monday, June 7, after Emefiele and the others failed to appear before the committee.
The government officials had sent representatives. However, the committee chairman, Adejoro Adeogun, said they failed to forward letters to that effect.
According to Adeogun, allowing representatives without a proper letter of introduction would be akin to allowing “impersonators.”
“You are indirectly insulting the House of Representatives. You are undermining the House of Representatives."
Also reacting, a member of the committee, Isiaka Ibrahim, lamented that the repeated absence of the heads of government agencies is disrespectful to the National Assembly, Channels TV reported.
The committee is investigating the status of all recovered loot from 2002 to 2020.
Adeniyi Gbenga Ade said on Facebook:
"We saw it coming When NASS sold birth rights, National assembly allowed APC and cabals to appoint a senate president for them.
"The worse of it all is the useless (Bow and go) interview NASS conducted for the ministers before they got their appointment."
Andrew Raji said:
"As a serving minister I rather give my attentions to serious National issues than going to where they will just tell me to take a bow and go without understanding what am presenting I will send the bow to them via WhatsApp."
Franky Okeke said:
"You sold your powers the day you began winning and dinning with Buhari. Thy wouldn't have tried it if Saraki was on seat."
Abraham Peter Odiaka said:
"If not that you guys have lost your respect and value they won't be misbehaving.Looters everywhere."
Izyk Atsineka said:
"Anybody appointed by this govt feels above the law bcos even the govt itself don't respect the rule of law. We are in a rootless country with leaders that are above the law."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, on Tuesday, May 25 appeared before the committee investigating the status of recovered loots.
The Office of the AGF was indicted by the lawmakers for receiving funds from Nigeria's recovered loots, instead of the Consolidated Revenue Funds.
Adeogun, the chairman of the committee, accused Malami of being complicit in the funding of the budget of his office with money from the recovered loots instead of the consolidated revenue.
In other news, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Tuesday, May 25 urged the federal government to explain to Nigerians how much loots it had recovered and what they were being used for.
He spoke in Sokoto yesterday at the zonal dialogue with stakeholders on the National Ethics and Integrity Policy, for the northwest zone.
The Sultan, represented by the Wazirin Sokoto, Professor Sambo Wali Junaidu, said keeping mute on the recovered loots would spell doom for the fight against corruption in the country.