Reps give police 24hrs to return missing 2017 budget documents

The House of Representatives, Nigeria on Wednesday gave the Police Force less than 24 hours to provide the missing 2017 appropriation budget documents.
It said this is to ensure that the passage of the 2017 Appropriation bill is not jeopardized by the unlawful action of the security agents.
The lawmakers condemned the invasion of the residence of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje by security agents during which several document concerning the 2017 budget were allegedly carted away by the security agents.
The House resolution followed a motion moved by Hon. Abubakar Ahmad entitled, “need to check the excesses of security agents with regard to invasion of residences of law abiding”.
It stated that the invasion of Senator Goje was done in total disregard to the law and abuse on the constitutional human rights to privacy.
While moving the motion, the lawmaker said that during the invasion of Senator Goje’s house security agents destroyed doors, bags, ceiling and soakaways, and carted away documents, including reports of the 2017 Appropriations bill which was scheduled to be laid before both chambers of the National Assembly during the week.
He said the way and manner security agents, in the course of their duties, invade the privacy of Nigerians citizens with impunity and without regard to law and due process thus portraying the Federal Government as lawless to discerning observers and commentators, both at home and abroad.
He added that, the gestapo manner in which the security agents invade private residences, in the course of carrying out their duties, had being causing apprehension in the minds of citizens.
To this end, the House set up an ad hoc committee to invite the Inspector General of Police to appear before it to explain what warranted the invasion.
The motion scaled through when it was put to vote by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara who presided over the session.


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