Senate sets up committees to investigate NNPC, Police bosses

Committees to report back in two weeks

Ayuba Iliya | Thursday, 05 October 2017 3:45pm | news

source: @ngrSenate

The senate has set up committees to investigate allegations against the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, Maikanti Barau, and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Recall that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, in a leaked memo to the President accused the NNPC boss, Maikanti Baru, of illegal practices and insubordination, while the Police IG had been accused of condoning corrupt practices.

In separate motions raised by Senator Samuel Anyawu (PDP Imo East), and Isa Misau (APC Bauchi Central), in plenary on Wednesday, the senators prayed that as the legislature saddled with oversight functions of government agencies, the National Assembly cannot ignore the weighty allegations raised against the two public officers, calling for investigation.

Presenting his motion, tagged ‘Time to conduct a holistic investigation’ Sen. Anyanwu noted: “Mr. President if you recall, this morning almost all the headlines of newspapers of this nation is talking about the letter written by the Minister for petroleum to Mr. President against the GMD of NNPC and this has to do with exactly what this motion is talking about, the massive corruption in the NNPC”

“Since we have resolved in this Senate that we are going to fight corruption, this is one of those corruptions that must be exposed” he said.

Raising a point of order, Senator Isa Haman Misau citing order 43 of the Senate rules accused the Inspector General of Police of misconduct, alleging that he is being witch-hunted by the police for raising alarm over corrupt practices.

“Mr President, distinguished colleagues, instead of the IGP to address the issues I raised in my capacity as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he was busy attacking me”, he said.

“The IGP has been in sexual relationship with two female serving Police officers, that is one Amina and Esther. He impregnated Amina and did a wedding secretly in Kaduna.”

“As a former Police officer, I can say authoritatively that it is wrong for an officer to have a relationship with female Police officer because of the nature of that work”, Misau added.

Urging the Senate to investigate, Misau faulted the circumstances surrounding the promotion of officers in the force as well pointless deployment of officers to certain individuals.

In conclusion to the issues raised, President of the senate, Bukola Saraki, constituted ad-hoc committees to investigate and report back to the Senate in two weeks.

He said: “we must investigate this allegation and hope the quality of report will meet the standard we have set in the 8th Senate.”

Saraki further listed Senators Joshua Lidani, Garba Binta Masi, Nelson Effiong, Obinna Ogba, Duro Faseyi, Nyako as members of the Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the allegation(s) against the Nigerian Police with Senator Francis Aliimikhena as Chairman.

He also listed Senators Tayo Alasoadura, Kabir Marafa, Akpan Bassey, Sam Anyanwu, Ahmed Ogembe, Chukwuka Utazi, Rose Oko, Baba Kaka as members of the Committee to investigate the Nigerian National Petroleum Group with Senator Aliyu Wamakko as chairman.