The head of Nigeria’s prisons service has been summoned to appear before the House of Representatives after his security guards allegedly slapped a female member, Mrs Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor, who represents the Aniocha North/Aniocha South/ Oshimili North/Oshimili South Federal Constituency of Delta State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Mrakpor, 49, said she was attacked for overtaking the motorcade of Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, head of prison, on Wednesday.
Ekpendu reportedly watched as the lawmaker was assaulted by his aides within the premises of the National Assembly.
Mrakpor was in tears when she reported the incident, one Reps member said.
“This is the time we need to rally behind her not just as a member but as a woman,” House Majority Leader, Mr.Femi Gbajabiamila said.
It is not clear when Ekpendu, who has not yet reacted to the report, will face the Reps.
Nigerian officials often travel in large convoys, forcing other motorists to make way. There have been frequent accusations that those who refuse to pull over are assaulted.
All heads of security agencies in the National Assembly have also been summoned to explain why they failed to protect the lawmaker.