By Emman Ovuakporie and Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA-THE House of Representatives on Wednesday mandated its committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate an alleged sharing of N50 million and 150 motorcycles by the Leadership of the House to its members. This development was sequel to a point of privilege raised by the Deputy Minority Whip, Rep. Yakubu Barde, PDP, Kaduna.
Barde had alleged on the floor of the House that Rep. Mohammad Abubakar representing Igabi federal constituency of Kaduna state had gone on air in a local radio station (Liberty Radio) to say that the said money and motorcycles were given. According to him, he has been under pressure by his constituents who have been demanding for their share of the money adding that the issue should be investigated because he did not collect such money or motorcycles.
“This is an allegation, considering the present economic situation of Nigeria as law makers we have to be very careful to make sure our image is not tarnished
“Nigerians need to know what really happened, “Barde told the House. The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara who presided yesterday said he was not opening the matter for debate and in his ruling referred the matter to the committee on ethics and privileges which is to report back to the House in 4 weeks.