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House panel summons COAS, CBN governor over arms purchase

The House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on Arms and Ammunition has summoned the Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim to appear and clarify issues on purchase of arms by Nigerian Army on Wednesday.

The committee also summoned Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emiefele to appear and account for the monies released for purchase of military hardwares on the same date.

The summon was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by a member of the committee, Mr Bede Eke at it’s sitting in Abuja.

Mr Eke said the summon became necessary following the refusal of the public officers to honour several invitations extended to them by the committee.

According to the lawmaker, it was time for the committee to take hard decisions against the public officers.

“CBN has been a problem to this house and they cannot operate the way they are operating and this house will keep quiet because we approve their budget.

“What are we asking for? Come and tell us how much we have paid for the purchase of arms; we have given you the right to fare hearing.

Mr Eke said the commitee has invited the COAS four times and the CBN Governor five times and they have refused to honour the invitation.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Olaide Akinremi, stated that the committee expected the Ministries of Finance, Defence, Interior and the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to also appear.

IBRAHIM SHEHU

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