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Ependu, Dambazau summoned by house after lawmaker assault

21 April 2016, 21:52

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 his convoy.

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

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