By Henry Umoru, Emman Ovuakporie & Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—THE House of Representatives, yesterday, mandated its Committee on National Intelligence to investigate the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, over the N13 billion cash found by the EconomIc and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
This is even as the Senate has summoned suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, David Babachir Lawal, to appear before it today for questioning over his alleged involvement in the misappropriation of funds allocated to take care of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North-East.
The House, presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, gave the committee two weeks to submit its report for further legislative action.
The resolution of the House was sequel to a motion sponsored the member representing Akoko South West/East Federal Constituency of Ondo State on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, Babatunde Kolawole.
Kolawole in the motion, noted with dismay the controversy surrounding the discovery of the N13 billion cash by the EFCC.
Senate quizzes Babachir today
Meanwhile, the Senate has summoned Babachir Lawal to appear before in it today for questioning over his alleged involvement in the misappropriation of funds allocated to take care of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North-East.
The Adhoc Committe investigating the humanitarian crisis in the North-East, led by Senator Shehu Sani, APC, Kaduna Central, had written the suspended SGF, inviting him to its meeting in continuation of the investigation.
The invitation letter to Lawal, which was signed by the Clerk to the adhoc committee, Barau Bungudu, asked him to appear at a fresh public hearing scheduled for today by 10 am.
The letter reads in part: “You may recall that the Ad-hoc Committee had invited you to appear before it for the second time on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
“The committee has granted your request conveyed in your letter dated March 22, 2017,and re-scheduled the meeting.
“By this letter, I am directed to formally invite you to appear before the committee on Thursday, April 27, 2017.”
It would be recalled that the Senate had last December, in an interim report, indicted Babachir for allegedly contravening the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, and the Federal Government Financial Rules and Regulations on the award of contracts under the Presidential Initiative on North-East, PINE.
Babachir is currently being investigated by a Presidential panel, headed by Vice Yemi Osinbajo, over the same allegation.