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Power show: N11b tears Enugu gov, legislators apart



Even though their tenure is soon to end, members of the Enugu State House of Assembly have embarked on a mission to use their powers to get what they want, by ordering for the arrest of the state’s Accountant-General (AG) Mr. Basil Okolie

The House on Wednesday directed the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Dan Bature, to issue a warrant of arrest on Okolie, for refusing to appear before them at their next sitting on April 21.

The lawmakers had at a sitting summoned Okolie to appear before the House to explain the delay in the payment of their overhead allowances.

The legislators believe the executive is withholding the allowance to ‘punish’ them for refusing to approve a recent N11bn loan sought by Governor Sullivan Chime.

Already, the chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Johnbull Nwagu, who is seen as Chime’s ally, has been suspended from the House for two months after the legislators alleged that he colluded with the executive to withhold the payment.

The Accountant-General’s failure to honour the House’s summons on Wednesday further angered the lawmakers, who are apparently bent on finally asserting themselves as their tenure winds up.

It would be recalled that, besides the suspension of its Finance and Appropriation Committee chairman, the House had, also at its sitting on Tuesday, passed a resolution, condemning some recent actions taken by the Chime administration.

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