Monday, June 21, 2021

Senate challenges Jega over corruption allegation against NASS


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Senate on Wednesday challenged a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega to finger the bribe-seeking lawmakers in keeping with the allegations he labelled against them during the 2018 Democracy Day Lectures in Abuja on Monday.

The Senate reacted on Wednesday following an adopted Order 43 moved by Isah Misau, the Senator representing Bauchi Central.

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“Mr. President, I come under order 43. I want to recall that on the Democracy Day, Prof. Attahiru Jega accused all lawmakers and particularly the National Assembly committee chairmen of asking and taking bribe while carrying out their oversight functions.

“I take exceptions to it and would want the professor to mention those he knew are involved. It is by so doing that we can be upright in the fight against corruption in this country,” Mr Misau said.

The Senator also said his privileges were breached and was embarrassed by the unsubstantiated allegation by Mr Jega.

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In his ruling, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, underscored the need for the former INEC boss to substantiate his allegation.

“It is a slight to the integrity of some of us, where such a statement is made. If he has those kinds of evidence, he should bring it forward.

“Because to say that, is to suggest that every member of the National Assembly is part of this; even those who are not part of this are condoling this action which is far from the truth.

“I think the professor who is respected should come out and mention these kinds of members he is aware of. If he can’t come out and name them then he should not make such branding statements.

 “Going forward to all distinguished and respected Nigerians, in issues that have to do with the institutions and a parliament, if there are cases like this, we have always said that we are not going to cover up for anybody and future accusations.

“They should name them and see what the institution would do in trying to ensure that the necessary sanctions are taken,” Mr Saraki said.

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