Reps summon Oke, Emefiele, Magu, Monguno over Ikoyigate
The House of Representatives yesterday summoned the embattled Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, to clarify his role in the $43 million (N13 billion) warehoused in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The summon also extends to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd), and the acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.
The chairman of the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Mr. Aminu Sani Jaji, explained that the summon was precipitated by the failure of the stakeholders to appear before the Committee to explain their role on the issue yesterday.
Jaji who briefed reporters after the committee proceedings thereby issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the aforementioned to appear before the committee.
Jaji explained that the investigative hearing was in line with section 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution which empowered the House to expose corruption, adding that it behooves all the agencies and appointed officials to respect constituted authorities.
“This is the law of the land and we have to respect the constituted authorities which the National Assembly is one of them. And it is disrespect for any agency that this Government put in place in campaigning against corruption and many Nigerians are very much aware of this saga, this $43 million,” Jaji said.
The Chairman who expressed concern that no agency of government has so far come out to lay claim on the recovered funds whether legal or illegal, however disclosed that the Committee will soon compile its report and present it before the House in line with its resolution.