The House of Representatives summons members of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP)
– House member, Ahman Pategi, says the failure of the members of panel to honour repeated invitations by its committee is an affront to lawmakers
The House of Representatives has threatened to arrest members of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) if they fail to appear before its committee on May 8, 2018.
The House committee investigating the legality of the panel issued the threat on Thursday, April 26, after the chairman and other members of the presidential panel allegedly repeatedly failed to appear before the committee, Daily Times reports.
Chairman of the committee, Ahman Pategi, said the failure of the members of presidential panel to honour repeated invitations by the committee was an affront to lawmakers
A member of the committee, Toby Okechukwu, while moving a motion to summon the panel members, said that it was the constitutional role of the legislature to oversight the executive.
He said: “Following this continuous refusal to appear before this committee, I move that you invoke the relevant provisions of Section 89 of the 1999 Constitution and summon the chairman and other members of the panel.
“They are to appear here on May 8, 2018, unfailingly, without which we shall exercise our responsibility to issue a warrant of arrest for them to appear.
The call for the impeachment was cited in a motion raised by a Senator representing Delta south Mathew Uroghide and seconded by Senator Chukwuma Utazi.
However, the call for the president’s impeachment suffered a setback when the Senate president Bukola Saraki and the deputy Senate leader Ibn Bala Na’allah intervened.
The Senate president while speaking on Uroghide’s point of order referred the motion to Judiciary and Legal Committee for advice based on the submission of Senator Na’allah