House of Representatives yesterday summoned the Comptroller-General of Prisons, Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, for watching while one of his aides assaulted Hon. Onyemaechi Mrakpor, a female lawmaker representing Aniocha North/Aniocha South/Oshimili North/Oshimili South Federal Constituency of Delta State.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that on Wednesday, Hon. Mrakpor was slapped by an aide attached to the CG while she overtook their convoy within the National Assembly premises.
The unfortunate incident occurred when the prison boss was leaving the National Assembly premises after his presentation to the Senate Committee on Interior.
Coming under Section 16 of the Power and Privilege of Legislative Act, the minority leader, Hon Leo Ogor informed his colleagues that one of their own was assaulted by one of the security details attached to the CG of Prisons.
Ogor expressed dismay that while the assault and battering was going on, the CG was busy watching.
He asserted that the prison boss should appear before the Committee on Interior, adding that he would not want to give him the honour of appearing before the House.
The minority leader said he would reserve his comments until the committee submits its report.
In her reactions, Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje said the CG was a symbol of what goes on in the prison.
Elendu-Ukeje said the prison boss lacked honour and integrity and unfit to wear the prisons uniform.
In his contributions, the House majority leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said it was time they rallied round Hon. Mrakpor not because she was one of them, but because she was a law abiding citizen.
He said the CG of Prisons was clearly guilty of the assault, stressing that in this case, fair hearing was just to fulfil all righteousness.
Gbajabiamila explained that the slap was from the principal aide of the CG, saying for him to stay and watch made him liable to the offence.
While wondering what the sergeant-at-arms and police were doing during the time of the assault, he was of the view that they should begin working towards relieving the CG of his duties.
In its resolution, the House unanimously resolved that the CG must appear before the Committee on Interior to explain why he should not be committed to prison for assault.
The lawmakers also summoned the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazzau, to appear before the committee in relation to the assault.
The committee was given until Tuesday next week to submit its report for further legislative action.
All efforts by our correspondent to speak with the spokesman of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Francis Enobore, on the assault wer not successful.

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