By Emman Ovuakporie
The House of Representatives on Monday summoned the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali to appear before its ad-hoc Committee on assessment and status of all recovered loots, movable and immovable assets for effective utilisation and management from 2002-2021 on or before Thursday or face the wrath of the law.
Also to appear before the ad-hoc committee are the National Security Adviser(NSA) Babagana Monguno and the Director General of the Nigeria Maritime and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh.
The resolution was adopted on Monday by the House ad-hoc committee investigating the assessment and status of all recovered loots, Movable and Immovable Assets for Effective Utilization and Management from 2002-2021 following the absence of these agencies at its investigative hearing.
According to the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Mr. Adejoro Adeogun, CBN, NSA, IGP and DG, NIMASA have between now and Thursday to appear before the House Committee or the national assembly will invoke its power according to the constitution to deal with them.
Earlier at the hearing, roll calls on the expected stakeholders for the day had been read by Mr. Adeogun. The committee observed that most of the stakeholders aside the office of the Accountant General of the Federation who were present only sent in their representatives without a formal letter; a situation the committee frowned at.
Reacting to the absence of these stakeholders at the hearing, a member of the committee, Mr. Isiaka Ibrahim (APC, Ogun) said if stakeholders fail to appear before the national assembly’s committee then the national assembly should be shot down.
His words: “My chairman, I’m worried in the sense that the agencies of government that are the products of the national assembly through the laws that we created them and they are flaunting the process that established them. So I’m worried when they are invited and the national assembly is taken for granted on things like this. It calls for serious concern.
“If it amount to raising it on the floor of the House, we should shot down the national assembly and the agencies of government. If they are not going to respect us by our invitation then there is no need to be here. If we are to be tied not to perform our function then we don’t need to be here”,Ibrahim said.
The committee adopted the resolution by its chairman following further supports by members.
The Adeogun chaired ad-hoc committee last week suspended its investigative hearing to enable members participate in the constitution amendment hearing held across the six geopolitical zones of the country.