The Nigerian Senate has ordered for the immediate arrests of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and three ministers over alleged corruption charges leveled against them associated with the COVID-19 misappropriation of public funds.
The Senate said, “We have ordered the Inspector General of Police, to issues a warrant of arrests to those ministers who failed to report during the cause of investigation on social palliative funds for all Nigerians.”
Senator Matthew A. Urhoghide (FPSN, FNAPharm.), Chairman, Senate Public Accounts Committee today June 13, 2020, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja.
In his statement, Urhoghide said, “Any ministers who failed to summons before the Senate Public Committee, we won’t hesitate to use our veto power on such ministers.”
He said, “It was a shameful and unfortunate that some people in charge of ministries, institutions, and government agencies are not responding to her request.”
The Senator said, “Anyone who needs to brief on money, he or she has spent in the ministry, should be calm and calculative to be accountable to all Nigerians for their safety.”
In conclusion, He said, the committee had no choice to forcefully arrests anyone who refused to accept the parliament calls of invitation for questioning, as it is in our Constitution, Section 89.”