In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 12th, June, 2020

Senate Threatens To Order Arrest Of Lai Mohammed, Timpre Sylva, Others Over Audit Reviews

Senate Threatens To Order Arrest Of Lai Mohammed, Timpre Sylva, Others Over Audit Reports

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Henceforth, heads of MDAs who fail to honour the invitation of the Senate public accounts committee will likely be compelled to take action “by means of issuance of warrants of arrest towards them,” the committee chairman has stated.

Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo) gave this warning on Thursday after the absence of all six MDA heads invited for an investigative listening to on the audit queries issued by the workplace of the auditor-general.

Culpable for this, Mr Urhoghide stated, are the ministers for data, petroleum assets, energy, ladies Affairs, strong minerals and the pinnacle of the Nationwide Inhabitants Fee (NPC).


“Over a month in the past, we wrote to them to come back and reply the audit queries raised towards them by the auditor-general of the federation in its 2015 audit report,”
Mr Urhoghide stated.


“However they’ve intentionally and irresponsibly did not honour our invitation. Their failure to seem earlier than this committee quantity to outright disobedience to constituted authority.”

He famous additional that relatively than coming, the ministers and heads of the affected companies gave completely different causes that are “are absurd, untenable and never serving any public curiosity” for his or her nonappearance on the investigative listening to.


“For instance, whereas the ministry of data gave flimsy excuse of contractors who dealt with 2015 tasks not being round, different ministries like energy, ladies affairs stated they’re seeing the copies of the queries for the primary time,”
Mr Urhoghide defined.

This, he stated, is wont amongst public officers within the nation and is a blight on public accountability which they need to uphold.


“Ministers that even supposed to come back ran away. We gained’t tolerate this any longer, as a result of the infractions noticed within the accounts of their numerous ministries run into billions of naira.

“They may certainly be compelled to seem earlier than this committee by means of issuance of warrants of arrest towards them when subsequent they fail our invitation in step with part 89 of the structure,” the lawmaker stated.

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Mr Urhoghide stated the nonappearance of the company heads is undermining the effectivity of the Nationwide Meeting and one in all “the explanations Nigerians usually accuse them of not discharging its duties.”


“It’s only in Nigeria that folks will spend authorities’s cash and fail to indicate as much as defend their expenditure,”
he stated.

Additionally on the listening to had been the auditor-general, Anthony Ayine, Ibrahim Hadeija (APC, Jigawa), Yusuf Yusuf (APC, Taraba) amongst others.

Of their respective remarks, they pitched their tents with the committee chairman that warrant of arrest ought to be issued towards ministers and heads of companies that disregard their invites when subsequent they’re invited.

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