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Reps Summon Prisons CG Over Assault On Female Lawmaker

Peter Ekpendu
Posted: Apr 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Ahmed Musa

Abuja – The House of Representatives on Thursday, summoned Peter Ekpendu, the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), to appear before its Committees on Interior and Police Affairs over an alleged physical assault of a female member, Hon. Joan Marakpor, from? Delta State.

An officer of the NPS allegedly slapped Hon. Marakpor on Wednesday evening when she purportedly blocked the way while the convoy of the Comptroller-General was driving out of the National Assembly complex after a meeting with lawmakers at the Senate wing.

Raising the matter in an order of privilege which culminated in a motion by Hon. Leo Ogor, the Minority Leader of the House, who also hails from Delta, said the assault on their colleague was in breach of Order16 of the House Standing Rules, and attracts four months jail term with an option of fine to the tune of N400,000.

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 committee to explain to it why he should not be relieved of his position and sent to jail.

Also lending his voice to the matter, Femi Gbajabiamila, House Leader, said when he spoke to Hon. Marakpor, she was crying.

“I’m not interested in the issue of fair hearing, he is guilty of assault, battery, bodily harm and violence against women” Gbajabiamila said.

He suggested that the House amends its rules to accommodate only the President’s convey to the National Assembly.

An eyewitness, who spoke anonymously, said the lawmaker had closed from work and was in her car in the driveway and was about leaving the premises when the convoy of the Prisons boss pulled up behind her with horns blaring while officers jumped out and moved menacingly toward her car whilst hitting the body of the car.

Baffled by the outburst, the lawmaker whose driver was exchanging words with the men in uniform alighted and said that the space beside her car was enough for vehicles to pass unless the person behind the wheel didn’t know how to drive.

On hearing her remark, the officer who shouted at her driver earlier allegedly moved over to her side and slapped her while the Prisons boss looked on.

Comments (1)

  • Apr 22, 2016 at 9:27 am JamesIliya

    This people we gave jobs oftentimes do beats up people in the streets and even main roads. As gbajabiamila has said, the man is already guilty of intervening his boys from battering the law maker.

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