From Kemi Yesufu, Abuja
The move by the House of Representatives to investigate the recovery of $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million at Ikoyi, Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has suffered a set back.
This followed the refusal of the suspended Director- General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, as well as the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, to appear at a hearing conducted by the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence yesterday.
The House had on Wednesday, April 26, directed the Aminu Sani Jaji-led committee to investigate the huge cash discovery following the adoption of a motion on the “Need to investigate the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) over the N13 billion recovered from a residential apartment at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.”
The committee was asked to report back to the House in two weeks for further legislative action.
The EFCC also uncovered about $43.4 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million in the apartment.
The probe by the House came after the setting up of the investigative panel by President Muhammadu Buhari, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Daily Sun gathered that consequent upon the absence of heads of the agencies related to the discovery, the committee expressed dissatisfaction that the four parties not only failed to show up, they also did not communicate reasons for their absence.
The committee, thereafter, issued a fresh 24-hour summon to compel their appearance today.
The latest development was closely followed by a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Public Procurement, Wole Oke’s warning of the negative impact the probe could have on national security if not well handled.
His statement read: “ We must take note of the fact that the activities of the NIA relates primarily to handling Nigeria’s foreign intelligence and counter-intelligence operations.
n to the public, foreign intelligence and counter-intelligence agents within and outside Nigeria which could significantly hurt our National Security.
We must always avert our minds to the sacred provisions of Section 45(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered), which treats interest of defence, public safety and public order with utmost primacy. We must in the course of not inflict self-damage our National Security interest. pushing a good cause.”