16th July, 2010
Human rights group, The Alliance of Activists and civil society organisations have called on the leadership of the House of Representatives to step down from their positions and clear themselves of the allegations of financial misappropriation levelled against them.
Speaking on behalf of the groups, Chairman, Radical Democratic Movement (RADEM), Comrade Olusegun Mayegun said the call became imperative following allegations of embezzlement of public funds made against Hon. Dimeji Bankole, his deputy, Hon. Nafada and eight other members by a group of eleven members of the House, known as The Progressives.
“We are not oblivious of the sordid incident that took place on the floor of the House of Representatives on 21 June, 2010 during which The Progressives, led by Honourable Dino Melaye were attacked by the Speaker and his supporters as they were accused of breaching and misusing the privileges conferred on them by the House of Representatives and its governing rules,” the group said.
Comrade Mayegun condemned the attacks on members of The Progressives, saying: ” Members of The Progressives were forcefully dragged, violently and shamelessly thrown out of the House.”
Mayegun submitted that the attack does not befit the exalted positions they occupied and called for their immediate reinstatement.
Also speaking at the occasion, the National Coordinator, National Youth Democracy Network, Comrade David Busa Buji, appealed to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate the allegations made against the Speaker and other leaders of the House.
“We insist that this should be vigorously, speedily and timely done to ensure that whoever is found wanting is properly brought to book and made to face the full weight of the law,” he added.
The groups also rejected the interpretation of the privileges of House members under “Rules of the House,” affirming that a parliamentary institution like the House of Representatives is not a secret society.