Reps summons Senator over assault on member

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on ethics and privileges to summon Sen. Abdul-Aziz Nyako (APC, Adamawa) over an alleged assault on a member, Adamu Kamale (APC, Adamawa).

Also summoned are the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihaja and the Chief of Air Staff, Sodique Abubakar.

The resolution followed a point of order raised by Kamale on breach of his privilege during plenary on Thursday.

The lawmaker narrated how he was assaulted by air force personnel on the order of Sen. Nyako while he was on official assignment as the representative of the area bombed by boko haram terrorists in Madagali recently.

He said that after the bomb blast in Madagali, the House resolved that NEMA should send relief materials to the affected communities and the DG of NEMA invited him to follow the delegation to visit the site.

He said further that on getting to the venue to board the special helicopter provided, the Senator forbade him even after introducing himself. 

He stated: “Following the unfortunate incidence of bomb blast explosions in Madagali, which is one of the local governments in my constituency, the Governor of Adamawa State, together with other well-meaning Nigerians including members of the National Assembly solicited for relief materials from the National Emergency Agency (NEMA) for the people of Madagali.

“As the honourable member representing the area, I personally called on the director general of NEMA earlier on Monday the 20th of November, 2017 to ensure the delivery of the relief materials. Arrangements were made with all the stakeholders, including Senator Abdulaziz Nyako, who is the chairman, Senate committee on IDPs /NEMA to deliver the relief materials. Air Commodore Ohemu was assigned by NEMA to supervise the delivery. 

“A helicopter was arranged by the Air Force to convey some of the stakeholders to where the materials were to be distributed on Wednesday, November, 21st, 2017 by 9am. I was billed to travel on board the helicopter with Senator Abdulaziz Nyako, Air commodore Ohemu and others.”

Kamal said that he was forbidden from boarding the flight because his name was not on the list the senator was holding.

“To my utmost dismay, while I was to board the helicopter, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako ordered that I should not be permitted to use the helicopter as he is the chairman of the delegation.

“All my efforts to draw the attention of the Senator and the Air Force officer failed and in the process, the Air Force officer ordered his men on ground to assault my person and to put me in the guardroom. They tore up my dresses. I sustained a lot of bruises from my forceful withdrawal from the helicopter,” Kamale said.

Reacting to the motion, Edward Pwajok (APC, Plateau) noted that an assault against one is against all.

Another lawmaker, Kazaure Gaduje (APC, Jigawa) also told a personal experience of assault on his person where the convoy of a Senator blocked him while trying to enter an event.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara called for caution, as he urged the members to allow the committee to carry out the investigation.

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