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NASS Clerk Keeps Mum Over Police Probe

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 at 9:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

• Assures Saraki Of Loyalty

By Ignatius Okorocha and Isuma Mark –  Abuja


As the Police intensifies investigations into the alleged forgery of the 2015 Senate Standing Rules by the leadership of the Senate, Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, on Tuesday, refused to field questions from journalists on the outcome of his interaction with the Police.

To show his unwillingness to answer any question, Maikasuwa simply used two fingers of his right hand to hold his lips.

A week after the Inauguration of the 8th Senate by Maikasuwa in his capacity as Clerk of the National Assembly and in line with proclamation made to that effect by President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC Zamfara Central) had on behalf of 32 other APC senators who missed the inauguration questioned the amended senate standing order given to senators at the inauguration, alleging that the new order was forged, because there was no time such an amendment was made in the 7th senate of which he was a member.

Marafa, who came through order 110 to level the allegation at the time, said that the 8th Senate had been operating an amended version of the 2011 rule called “Rule 2015” without a valid amendment process as dictated by the Rules.

It was on the strength of the allegation that the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, submitted on the floor of the senate that what happened as far as Senate Standing Orders 2015 (as amended), is concerned, as a replacement for that of 2011, was not forgery but amendment in the true sense.

This submission is believed to have made the Senate Unity Forum, through its secretary, Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC Kaduna North), petition against Ekwerenmadu and the Clerk of the National Assembly to the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, last week. As a result, the Police was at the NASS complex on Monday to interrogate the Clerk.

Apparently to settle the dust raised by his interrogation, Maikasuwa and members of the National Assembly’s management team pledged their loyalty when they paid a courtesy visit to the Senate President on Tuesday.

Maikasuwa, who during the visit congratulated Saraki on his emergence as Senate President, assured him and the 8th National Assembly as whole, of the commitment of the entire management staff of NASS.

He promised partnership to enable the legislators deliver on their “campaign promises and the promises you made when you were delivering your acceptance speech during the inauguration of the National Assembly.

“We are a united bureaucracy and we are dedicated, we are very loyal and would continue to pursue effective service delivery in the interest of the National Assembly and Nigeria as a whole”

Also emphasizing the issue of commitment and loyalty, Saraki in his response, said the reason the NASS management was invited, was to plead for their total support and commitment to the National Assembly.

He said: “I know you had formally congratulated me after my election as Senate President but I just felt that it is important on behalf of our colleagues in the 8th Senate to, formally invite you to this meeting because our success depends on your cooperation, support and commitment.”

“We offer our own hand of partnership so that we can work together for the progress of the country. Some of the things we will have to do together in terms of oversight, lawmaking, we will do it together. We cannot do it alone without your support”