Yesterday, we reported the alleged case of assault on a female member of the House, Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor by an aide of Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu. Read here if you missed.However, Ekpendu has faulted Marakpor claims that she was assaulted. In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja and signed by spokesman of the Service, Francis Enobore, the CG said it is important to state that whereas it is true that the he was at the National Assembly on the invitation of a Committee to attend to some official issues with some of his staff, neither the pilot car in front of him nor his official car had any confrontation with anyone, reports Vanguard.
“He went there with 4 cars and not 20 as alleged”, the statement added.
“However, since it is alleged that the assault took place within the precinct of the National Assembly, precisely at the security post of the outer gate with hordes of security personnel from various agencies including that of the National Assembly on duty, it is advisable to establish what actually transpired from these security officers. The matter is currently being investigated by the Police.
“The Controller-General is a peace loving and law abiding citizen of Nigeria who has never been involved in any act of bravado, impunity or hooliganism and will never encourage any form of abuse on any Nigerian including the Honourable member of the National Assembly and will not tolerate any form of indiscipline on the part of his staff”, the CG said.
The House of Representatives had earlier summoned the Comptroller-General, and Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau(retd.) to appear before its Committees on Interior and Police Affairs over the alleged assault.
Also summoned to appear before the committee are the security agencies within the National Assembly, such as Department of State Service, DSS; Nigeria Police; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC; Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, and Sergeant-at-Arms, who were said to be watching when the alleged assault took place.
A motion on the incident, which was moved by the Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Leo Ogor, who said the assault of the member was in breach of Section 16 of their House rules, was unanimously endorsed by members at Thursday’s session, presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
While describing the scenario as embarrassing to the National Assembly, Ogor said in the spirit of fair hearing the Comptroller-General should be made to appear before its committees to explain to it why he should not be relieved of his duty.
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