Echoes of Ikoyigate as Reps insists on appearance of NIA DG

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has insisted on the appearance of the suspended Director General of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency ( NIA), Ayo Oke and the acting Director General, Arab Yadam over the Ikoyi gate scandal which broke earlier in the year.
Recall that the sums of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 were recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an apartment in Ikoyi Lagos, said to be a safe house of the NIA.
The House had set up the committee to investigate the matter but its work had been impeded by the nonappearance of key actors.
Chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, National Security and Intelligence, Mr. Aminu Sani expressed the resolve of the panel while speaking to press in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Sani said his committee would submit it’s reports as soon as salient issues are clarified with the invited persons.
He also noted that the National Security Intelligence Act does not deter the NIA operatives from appearing before the committee, adding that the House will issue a warrant of arrest should they fail to honour the committee’s invitation.
He disclosed that his committee has also invited the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
“We are getting somewhere on the matter, on Wednesday or Thursday next week, we are inviting the suspended DG of NIA, the acting DG and the CBN Governor,  to clarify some issues. From there we can come-up with a report, we want to produce a report that even a man on the street can understand, and I can assure you that it is 95 per cent ready,” he stated.
According to him, the discovery has prompted his committee to intensify it’s oversight functions.
“Going by the circumstances with which the money was given to NIA by the previous administration, the question is what have they done with it in the 2015, 2016, this is where we realised that we need to intensity our oversight, so that we can enhance transparency,” he stated.
Jaji who insisted that the National Security Intelligence Act cannot shield the government officials from appearing before the parliament, noted that the invited persons must appear in accordance with section 88 and 89 of the constitution.
“The Act does not stop them from appearing before the committee, the issue is that when they appear, certain questions cannot be discussed except in a closed door section,” he stated.

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