By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja
The House of Representatives yesterday issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the embattled Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke to appear it and explain his role in the N13 billion found in an apartment in Ikoyi Lagos.
It also summoned the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu,
Chairman of the committee on National Security and Intelligence, mandated to probe the matter, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji confirmed the receipt of useful information and petitions from members of the general public on the local and foreign currencies totaling about $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million.
At a briefing, Sani who expressed displeasure over the failure of all the stakeholders to appear before the Committee yesterday, explained that the investigative hearing was in line with section 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution which empowered the House and indeed National Assembly to expose corruption.
He therefore, urged all the agencies and appointed officials to respect constituted authorities.
The lawmaker informed that the suspended NIA Director General is scheduled to appear before the committee on Wednesday, 10th May, 2017 by 12noon; CBN Governor is to appear by 2pm; acting EFCC chairman is to appear by 3pm while the National Security Adviser is to appear by 4pm, respectively.
“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.