BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja
The Senate is emphatic and straight to truth that it can not in way sabotage the fight against corruption in the country, saying the anti graft war has enhanced sanity in development of the country.
The Chairman, Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, Senator Hope Uzodinma stated this while reacting on the report from some quarters, allegedly credited to a former Military Administrator of Kaduna State,Colonel Mohammed Dangiwa Umar in which he accused Senators of trying to sabotage the Anti graft war is blatant and reckless.
According to him, it is surprising that a statesman would posit in denigrating remark to ridicule the National Assembly over its responsibility to support the fight against corruption.
Senator Uzodinma said it was unfortunate that some stakeholders are on worthless journey to malign the integrity of members of the Senate. He attributed it to effort to smoothen rough ends over the current Senate’s investigation into the disappearance of over 282 containers from the ports without remittance to federal government revenue coffers.
“I have a lot of respect for Col Umar. While appreciating the relationship between the NPA MD and Col Umar,s daughter, I still felt that the statesman in him should have moved him to look at the issues on ground very dispassionately without bias. Honestly I still don’t understand why the Senate is being blackmailed for performing it’s constitutional role.
He explained, “the petition was written to my Committee by a company which alleged that they imported rice and paid the relevant duties to Customs. Then when the rice came in, the Customs seized the containers. So we discussed the petition at the Committee’s level and decided to to forward a letter to Customs”.