SENATE PANELS GETS JAN 31 DATE TO CONCLUDE MAINA, MISAU/IG PROBES
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary on Tuesday, threatened to dissolve ad hoc committees in the Senate who fail to conclude their assignments by the end of January.
Saraki, while decrying the delay in carrying out their assignments, most of which were investigative in nature, said they were almost becoming substantive committees.
The panels are to present their reports in two weeks or risk dissolution.
The Senate President said, “I hope by now they should have presented their reports but some of these ad hoc committees, in a way and through the back door are turning themselves into standing committees. By the end of this month, please, all ad hoc committees must complete their assignments or I will have no alternative but to dissolve these committees.
“So, all existing ad hoc committees, please ensure that all the assignments before you are completed and submitted.”
Panels that would be affected by the ultimatum include the one set up to investigate the controversial reinstatement and promotion of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdul-Rasheed Maina, in the service of the Federal Government.
Another is the one set up to investigate the November 21, 2017, showdown between the officials of the Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja.
The clash was caused by EFCC’s attempt to arrest the immediate past Director General of the Department of State Services, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong; and former Director General, Nigerian Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke, which were prevented by the DSS operatives.
Also, the Senate had on October 4, 2017, resolved to probe into the allegations and counter-allegations between Senator Isa Misau and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, bordering on corruption and misconduct.
Saraki had mandated the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the circumstances surrounding Misau’s disengagement from the Nigeria Police, while an ad hoc committee was set up to probe into the allegations against the Nigeria Police and Idris, including alleged collection of N120bn annually from high-profile persons and corporate organisations for security services.
The Senate President had named the Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena as Chairman of the panel; and Senators Joshua Lidani, Binta Masi Garba, Duro Faseyi, Nelson Effiong, Obinna Ogba, Abdul-Azeez Murtala-Nyako and Suleiman Hunkuyi as members.