Reps summon Interior Minister, want Prisons CG sacked over assault on female lawmaker

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Abdulraman Dambazau, Minister of Interior

Abdulraman Dambazau, Minister of Interior

The House of Representatives, yesterday, summoned the Minister of Interior, Abdulraman Dambazau, and Comptroller-General of Prisons, Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, to appear before its Committee on Interior over assault on a female lawmaker, Onyemaechi Mrakpor, within the National Assembly complex.

Also summoned are the security agencies within the National Assembly, such as Department of State Service, DSS; Nigeria Police; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC; Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, and Sergeant-at-Arms, who were allegedly watching when the alleged assault took place in the presence of Ekpendu.

The House mandated the committee to expedite action on the investigation so as to submit its report on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, even as it called for the immediate sack of the CGP.

Narrating her ordeal to Vanguard, Mrakpor recalled that she was going for mid-week service at about 4 pm, adding that because there were two lanes, she decided to overtake three green vehicles.

She said as her vehicle overtook the convoy, some of the vehicles in the convoy moved to her right side and told her she was supposed to give way for the convoy of the CGP.

According to her, “initially, I thought that my vehicle hit them, then I just wound down to apologise. When they saw it was a woman, they called me a useless prostitute, don’t you know that this is the convoy of the Comptroller General of Prisons.”

She said there was no single altercation between her and the CGP’s aides before they descended on her, adding that the incident might have been a result of transferred aggression over the petition against Ekpendu by an officer with the Nigeria Prisons Service.

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