Niger State House of Assembly says it will commence public
investigation into the fraudulent manner the immediate past
administration, captained by Dr Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, conducted the
affairs of the state.
The Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Ahmed Marafa
threatened that the House will institute its own probe if the
executive refused to do so.
Six months ago, the legislature a unanimous resolution to the effect
that the immediate past regime should be probed for looting the state
The Speaker issued the warning while answering questions from
journalists during a press conference to mark the one year anniversary
of the 8th legislature.
The journalists asked the Speaker why the legislature remained
unresponsive to seeming disregard of their resolution directing the
executive to set up probe panel to investigate the immediate past
He said the House will continue to request from the executve the
setting up of commission of inquiry "and if at the end the legislature
sensed the executive is not doing anything, we will launch our own
probe", he said.
Hon. Marafa said it was not that the executive had relegated its
resolution to the background, noting that they have been engaging the
executive over the matter which had attracted a lot of public interest
and will not allow such to be swept under the carpet.
He disclosed that when they met the governor over the matter, he
appealed to them to exercise patience, as the two committees set up to
review the financial and infrastructural activities of the past
administration was yet to conclude its assignment, adding that, "now
that they have finished their work and submitted reports, we are
watching what next the executive will do."
He said, the House has the power of arrest and will invoke such when
the need arises, revealing that so far, he was aware some money have
been recovered and will wait a little while to see how the situation
unfolds, after which if nothing serious happened, the House will have
no option than to launch their own probe.
He assessed the legislature as performing above average, pointing out
that the House will continue to conduct itself with high integrity and
consciousness, and the people's interest will continue to be put ahead
of any other interest.