House of Reps ad hoc Committee summons IGP over $1bn arms deal

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Akali Baba has been summoned by the House of Representatives ad hoc committee, investigating the $1billion arms procurement deals.

The newly appointed IGP was summoned by Olaide Akinremi (APC) led committee on Tuesday.

Sanusi Lemu, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operation, had appeared before the committee. He apologized for the inability of the IGP to attend the session.

Lemu said the IGP was unable to attend because he is still “new to the office.” He noted that it “was not deliberate to ignore the invitation of the lawmakers.

“I want to apologize for the inability of the IGP to be here, it was not deliberate. He is still new in the office. That is why he was not chance to be here,” DIG Lemu said at the hearing.

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The house decision to commence the investigation followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Bede Eke.

The investigation into the arms procurement is causing a showdown between the committee and officials of Central Bank of Nigeria and the military.

Both the military and the CBN have failed to appear before the committee. However, they are due to appear before the committee today.

The Committee in its 22nd of March sitting summoned the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attairu and CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

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It would be recalled that the two officials were billed to appear On the 7th of April, 2020. They, however, failed to appear before the committee.

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