$1bn arms deal: House of Reps summons IGP


The House of Representatives ad hoc committee, investigating the $1billion arms procurement deals has on Monday summoned the Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Akali Baba to appear before it

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operation, Sanusi Lemu who represented the IGP apologized for the inability of the IGP to appear before the committee.

Lemu said the IGP was unable to attend because he is still “new to the office.” He noted that it “was not deliberate to ignore the invitation of the lawmakers.

“I want to apologize for the inability of the IGP to be here, it was not deliberate. He is still new in the office. That is why he was no chance to be here,” DIG Lemu said at the hearing.

The decision to launch the investigation followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Bede Eke.

The investigation into the arms procurement is causing a showdown between the committee and officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the military.

Both the military and the CBN have failed to appear before the committee. However, they are due to appear before the committee today.

The Olaide Akinremi committee in its March 22 sitting summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attairu and CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

It would be recalled that the two officials were billed to appear on April 7, 2020, but they failed to appear before the committee.


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