Enugu State House of Assembly yesterday carried out its threats to order the arrest of the state’s Accountant-General, Mr. Paschal Okoli, if he failed to honour their summons.
Following Okoli’s failure, the third in a series, the House directed the Commissioner of Police to arrest and bring him to its plenary on Tuesday.
The Assembly had on three occasions summoned him to the legislative chambers to explain the reason for the non-remittance of March overhead to the members.
On each occasion, the Accountant-General failed to come and premised his absence on ill-health and tendered doctor’s papers to buttress his position.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the AG is standing between the devil and the deep blue sea, not knowing which way to lean without incurring displeasing reactions from the House and Governor Sullivan Chime.
The governor is locked in a show of supremacy with the Assembly over N11 billion loan sought by the government which the lawmakers rejected.
It is not in doubt that the order for the non-remittance to the House of their usual monthly overhead, emanated from the governor.
The crisis started in March after the governor’s request for extra budgetary approval for an N11 billion loan from the United Bank for Africa, which was rejected by the House.
Following the rejection, a member of the House for Udi North, Hon. Johnbull Nwagu, criticised his colleagues, saying that their refusal would lead to the cancellation of their overhead by the governor.
The House on Tuesday suspended Nwagu (Udi North) for describing the House as powerless.
Nwagu chairs the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation.
Consequently, the House yesterday ordered the Police Commissioner to arrest and to bring Okoli to the House during its next sitting.
In the motion for the arrest of the Accountant-General, Hon. S.K.E. Ude-Okoye (Agwu North) said that the AG had refused to appear before them and asked the lawmakers to invoke their constitutional powers to “compel him,” to appear before them.
When the Speaker, Hon. Eugene Odo, put the motion, all the members present voted in favour of the warrant of arrest.


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