Provide your allegation against us, lawmakers challenge the ICPC boss (Read Details)

The House of Representatives members has challenged the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, Yesterday that he should provide the evidence that federal lawmakers have been duplicating constituency projects.

They however threatened to sue the ICPC chairman and accused the anti-graft body of attempting to destroy the image of the legislature body in bad light before Nigerians citizen.

They raised the concern, following a recent assertion by the ICPC chairman that the House of Representatives duplicate constituency projects.

John Dyegh of the People Democratic Party (PDP), from Benue, has called the attention of the House to the unhealthy remarks by the ICPC chairman.

He however quoted the ICPC chairman for saying that the Constituency Projects Tracking Group tracked 424 projects from 2015 to 2018 constituency projects between June 2019 and August 2019 across 12 state in Nigeria, likes of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Kano, Kogi, Lagos, Osun, Sokoto, and also FCT. however accused the lawmakers of duplicating of contracts, using the same description, same narrative, same amount, same location and awarded by the same agency.

Dyegh expressed his concern that the submission was capable of pitting the National Assembly members against their constituents and also 'portray us as thieves'.

Lawmakers are very shock for ICPC destroying the image of the Nigerian legislature before the international community and making us lose respect which most of us earned before gaining the seat at the National Assembly.

No court in Nigeria has ever passed any judgment on this legislature or its members as thieves, He added that the ICPC chairman has no right to speak about the National Assembly members in such manner. because 'if you say someone stole, you are saying he/she is a thief'.

Adopting the motion, the House urged the ICPC chairman to provide the evidence of his case beyond all reasonable doubts or be taken to court by the House.

House had ordered its relevant committees to do a proper investigate on the matter and report back for further legislative action.

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