Wednesday 24th May, 2017
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How Police aborted passage of 2017 Budget, by NASS

How Police aborted passage of 2017 Budget, by NASS

The National Assembly on Wednesday deplored the invasion of the house and office of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje by the Police.
They said that the action of the police had truncated their planned passage of the 2017 Budget.
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives direct­ed the Inspector-General of Po­lice, Ibrahim Idris, to tender an unreserved apology to them for the invasion of Goje’s house.
The Senate set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the in­cident and the attempted assassi­nation of Senator Dino Melaye in Kogi State.
The Goje-led Appropriation Committee was expected to sub­mit its report on the 2017 Budg­et on the floor of Senate yesterday but could not do so.
It alleged that about 18 files and a laptop belonging to the committee were carted away by the Police.
The Upper Chamber’s resolu­tions were sequel to the point of order raise by Senator Goje on the invasion of his house by the police on Thursday last week.
In his submission, Goje nar­rated how a detachment of the Ni­geria Police invaded his house and office and carted away 18 files and a laptop belonging to the Appro­priation Committee office, N18 million, $19,000 and 4,000 Sau­di Riyadh.
In his remark, the Senate Pres­ident Bukola Saraki said: “Sadly, I must tell you distinguished Sena­tors that the Chairman of the Sen­ate Police Committee told me this morning that the police said that it is something to do with a whistle­blower. If it has to do with whistle­blower, then that the whistleblow­er misled them.
“If the whistleblower mis­led them, I think that this matter has come out publicly because it is like it was meant to embarrass the senator. I think the police did not only embarrass him but the entire country,” he said.
The House of Representatives summoned the IGP to appear be­fore its ad-hoc committee to ex­plain the circumstances surround­ing the carting away of documents relating to the 2017 Budget from the Abuja residence of Goje.
The House also gave 24 hours ultimatum to the IGP to return all the documents relating to the 2017 Budget.

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