Reps insist Oteh must go

SEC DG, Arunma Oteh
SEC DG, Arunma Oteh

 The House of Representatives has taken a stand against the presidency on Arunma Oteh.

The House of Representatives announced Tuesday it will no longer recognize Arunma Oteh as the Director General of the Security and Exchange Commission, SEC, and urged her immediate removal.

The lawmakers insist President Goodluck Jonathan must fire the SEC boss in line with an earlier position of the House; failure of which legislators will cease to accord her any recognition as the commission’s Director General, DG.

The unprecedented order, indicating an ambitious attempt by the House to ensure executive compliance with its frequently ignored resolutions, came as a fresh chapter in a running controversy between the lawmakers and Ms. Oteh.

It will be the first time a chamber of the legislature will move against a supposedly indicted official explicitly terminating formal relations with such official.

Ms. Oteh, who was entangled in an elaborate bribery scandal against some lawmakers early this year, was amongst officials indicted by the House investigation of the nation’s fledgling capital market in July.

She had accused the capital market committee, headed then by Herman Hembe-later disbanded- of soliciting a N44 million bribe, setting off a string of controversies that lasted months.

Mr. Hembe was forced to resign as the committee head, not before accusing Ms. Oteh of attempting to bribe the committee with N30 million.

An ad hoc committee named as a replacement, headed by Ibrahim El Sudi, found Ms. Oteh, earlier accused of embarking on frivolous spending spree, guilty of a range of irregularities and demanded her removal.

The recommendation was rejected by the Federal Government which immediately reinstated Ms. Oteh from a month old suspension.

The controversies continued for the embattled DG with the commission’s staff rejecting her leadership and repeatedly staging protests to seek her removal.The House said on Tuesday, in a motion sponsored by Nicholas Ossai, it stood by its decision and criticized the president for his penchant for disobeying resolutions emanating from the National Assembly.

“The House is concerned that the president has repeatedly refused to implement important resolutions of the House and treats with contempt important resolutions,” the motion said.

The House committee on legislative compliance will assess the executive’s observance of Ms. Oteh’s sack within 14 days, the lawmakers said.

  • Tarila

    Hypocites…..why havent they sacked dishonourable Facrook?

    • Hickey

      you never know it with Farcrook,…remember James Hardly Chase?

      • Easy E

        Yeah, I read a buch of them as a kid in Lagos. It takes me way back.. ‘You never Know With Women’ , wasn’t it? I can just barely remember. It was over 30 years ago.

  • FreeKick

    That report indicted only Oteh, right? but why does this house keep fooling itself? For the record, Sanusi L. was indicted more than Oteh. Sanusi was found to have fraudulently nationalized Afribank,PHB, and Spring, and sold Intercontinental to Access, and of course the fraud of bailing his cronies’ banks with N620 billion of public funds… e no reach to sack am? Tambu..w..a…l, watch your back!

  • Ola

    Oteh will leave when faruq Lawal leaves the green chamber.

    • Amos

      Facroook is a thief, a clown and a born liar. He is
      incapable of seeing the truth from falsehood. His departure is long overdue. In
      all seriousness, what actual crime has Oteh committed? Exposing some dishonorable
      thieves? Nigerians and our NASS should be thankful to her, but instead they are
      vilifying her. This proves in no uncertain terms that NASS is being run by a
      gang of criminals and never do wells that have not got the interest of the
      nation at heart. In so far as the Northern cabal continues to pursue extraneous
      interests instead of national interests, Nigeria will continue to slump on its
      knees.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        well said.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    tambuwal is a clown. Oteh has not even been accused or charged with any crime at all. unlike facrook. the whole country is waiting for hausa Fulani to play out their whole card. it seems boko haram has failed. they now want to use the NASS. we are watching.

    • Simon

      Moron, wait for that day when Igbo and Hausa/Fulani would unite, you would then found yourself kissing the embers.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        do you really think they will ever stop Igbos in the north? U see why you are the moron.

  • AbujaKenneth

    Tambuwal and his cronies in the house are joking. Onagoruwa of BPE was indicted and they insisted that she goes but to date she is still there. Oteh was not accused or charged with any crime an they are issuing order. They will fail in Oteh even with their ethnic jingoism.