Abuja - The House of Representatives has
summoned the Comptroller-General (CG) of Prisons and the Minister of Interior
to appear before the House Committee on Interior over the alleged assault of a
Member of the House within the National Assembly.
Peter Ependu and Abdulrahman Dambazau, respectively, have
been summoned after security operatives attached to the convoy of the former on
Wednesday evening allegedly assaulted lawmaker Onyemeachi Mprakpor for overtaking
The invitation by the House of Representatives follows a
point of order by the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, who described the
purported action of the prison boss as a gross violation of Section 16 of the
House’s Privileges Act.
It prohibits any form of obstruction of a Member of the
Parliament to and from legislative business.
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Ogor cited another case where the prison boss in question
had attempted to assault a witness during one of the Committee Hearings within
the National Assembly Complex.
“If the allegations are investigated and found to be true,
the CG should face serious sanction from the parliament,” said Ogor.
He condemned the alleged violations.
Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, described the action
of the aides of the Comptroller of Prisons as “barbaric” and “shameful.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara said
abiding by the principles of justice and fair hearing, the House had resolved
to invite Ependu, Dambazau and other security outfits attached to the National
Assembly complex to come and give their own accounts.
- CAJ News