Reps to issue warrant of arrest on RMAFC Chair

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The House of Representatives Tuesday announced its resolution to issue warrant of arrest of the Acting Chairman, Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Elias Mbam for outright insubordination and hindrance to a legislative investigation.

Mark Gbillah, Chairman House Ad-hoc Committee investigating data collection process, maintenance and usage by RMAFC made the announcement at the investigative public hearing on data collection process and usage by the agency at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

According to Gbillah, the ad-hoc Committee was constituted to investigate into data collection process, verification, maintenance and usage by RMAFC but it has suffered setback from the action of leadership and management of the organization who refused to honour its invitation and withhold information.

“This Committee in its efforts to carry out its oversight and investigative mandate from the House of Representatives as enshrined in Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria(as amended) and Section 4 of the Legislative Houses(Powers & Privileges) Act has encountered recalcitrance from RMAF who delayed the progress of this Committee in their refusal to honour the Committee’s invitations and requests for information including their condemnable and unlawful official instruction via correspondence to another tier of Government not to honour the constitutional requests of legitimate Committee of the National Assembly.

“In line with the provisions of Section 89(1),d of the 1999 constitution (as amended), Section 6(1), (2) (3) of the Legislative Houses (Powers&Privileges) Act, the Rt. Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives has approved the initiation of the statutory sanctions(issuance of an arrest warrant and criminal prosecution against the Acting Chairman and Management of RMAFC and will not hesitate to approve same against any party who refuse(s) to honour the constitutional requests of the Committee”, Gbillah noted.

He observed that, …