September 20, 2021

Reps may issue warrant of arrest on Emefiele, Kyari, others

The House of Representatives seems set to issue a warrant of arrest on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, and 54 others for failing to appear before its Committee on Public Accounts.

This hint is contained in the report of the committee.

The report states that “All Chief Accounting Officers of the 54 government agencies that refused appearance to defend their positions during the Public Hearing without any written reason should be issued warrant of arrest to compel their appearance to respond to the matter within a week in line with Section 89 (d) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).”

It listed the affected agencies to include the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Niger Delta Development Corporation (NDDC), and the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

Others whose chief executive officers are to be issued warrant of arrest are Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited, Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company,        Pipeline and Products Marketing Company Limited, Duke Oil Company Inc., West Africa Gas Limited, Nidas Marine Limited, Hyson (Nigeria) Limited, Nigerian Gas Company, National Engineering and Technical Company, National Petroleum Exchange, NNPC Pensions Limited, Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, and Port Harcourt Refining Company.

Others are CEOs of NNPC Retail Limited, Integrated Data Service Limited, National Petroleum Investment & Management Services (NAPIMS), Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Abuja, Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Abuja, National Bureau of Statistics, Abuj, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (National Integrated Power Project, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Abuja

The committee also listed the following: Nigerian Television Authority, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Abuja; Standards Organization of Nigeria, Abuja; National Institute for Medical Research, Lagos State; Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council; Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria-Kaduna State; Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria-Kaduna State; Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria, Abuja; Environmental Health Officers Registration Board of Nigeria, Abuja.

Others are: Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Abuja; Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, Abuja; Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Abuja; Mining Cadaster Office, Abuja; National Oil Spill Detection & Response Agency (NOSDRA), Abuja; National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP); Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Port Harcourt, Rivers State; National Biotech Development Agency, Abuja; National Space Research and Development Agency, Abuja; Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA); Bank of Agriculture (BOA); and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited.

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