UPDATED: Senate orders arrest of CEOs of Glo, Indomie, BATN, 27 others

Nigerian Senate
Nigerian Senate

The Senate has ordered the arrest of the chief executive officers of 30 companies for allegedly failing to appear before it, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The companies are alleged to have been involved in the N30 trillion-revenue believed to have been lost by the country in its maritime sector.

The companies include mobile giant Globacom, Crown Flour Mills, British American Tobacco, CCECC, Dana Group, Olam Int. Ltd., Hong Xing Steel Co. Ltd., Visafone, African Wire, Star Comments and Allied Ltd. and Aarti Steel Nig. Ltd.

Others are Abyem-Diva Int. Ltd., Gagasel Int., Friesland Campina, Etco Nig., Edic Chemicals and Allied Distributors, De United Foods makers of popular Indomie noodles, Don Climax Group, Skill G Nig. Ltd., Premium Seafood and La Rauf Nig. Ltd.

Also involved are Standard Metallurgical Co. Ltd., Kam Industries, IBG Investment Ltd., Orazulike Trading Co. Ltd., Popular Foods Ltd., A-Kelnal Integrated & Logistics Services, African Industries, African Tiles & Ceramics and ZTE Nigeria.

The Senate Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, handling the investigation had invited 63 firms accused of complicity in the scam; but only 33 honoured the invitation.

The order to arrest the companies’ officials was announced by the chairman of the committee, Hope Uzodinma, at the committee’s meeting on Friday in Abuja.

He said the refusal of the officials to honour the invitation in spite of several reminders was disrespect for the National Assembly.

Mr. Uzodinma warned that the 8th Senate would not tolerate such behaviour from anybody or institution, particularly in the present situation that involved Federal Government funds.

According to him, investigations carried out by the joint committee showed several forms of infractions that have cost the country huge amount of money in revenue loss.

He said such development in a country currently in recession was a disservice to it.

“It is no longer going to be business as usual.

“We have directed the Nigeria Police to arrest the heads of the firms and bring them before us.

“If we can suspend our recess as lawmakers to see to the end of this investigation, I see no reason why the firms that have been indicted will not come to defend themselves,” he said.

The chairman asked the firms that honoured the invitation to go through the documents given to them and return next week for defence.

The Senate had mandated the joint committee to carry out extensive investigation into alleged N30 trillion revenue leakages in the import and export value chain between 2006 and 2017.

The committee had already interfaced with commercial banks indicted in the matter as well as relevant government agencies.

The committee had on Wednesday threatened to issue the arrest warrants; but on Thursday, it said it was extending the appearance till next week.

(NAN)


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  • Olu-Lion

    Rascality, is it now better to subpoena them than order an arrest that will NEVER be executed?

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Can a thief catch a thief, when will you rogues arrest yourselves?

    • Jay

      Lol. Good question.

  • Godwin

    so wonderful that the senate after many years has finally started to work .

  • Ajantala

    Our NASS are so insecure with themselves they have to issue empty THREATS every time. Respect is earned not by chest thumbing.

  • Chinedu Tagbo

    Story story

  • thusspokez

    I don’t care about the crooks currently occupying the Senate, but I do care about the Senate, like the courts, as an institution which will outlast us all. So, an invitee who deliberately refuses to present himself or herself before the Senate deliberately undermines the institution. And the consequence should be a hefty penalty to the invitee. I should suggest 2-3 days in jail.and a personal apology to the Senate.

    • Chinedu Tagbo

      The best they could do is to charge such a person to court for judicial pronouncement; and not to be issuing ineffective order.

      • thusspokez

        ‘Contempt of senate(or parliament)’ is a serious matter in most countries, I am sure that the Nigerian Senate can bypass the courts and order the arrest and imprisonment of these people.

  • Sword of Damocles

    Legislature ordering arrest?? WTF. man tire. what happened to referrals to law enforcement agency for further action. Is rule of law really that hard for Africa???

    • Jay

      God bless you. They are the accuser, prosecutor and judge. Why not refer this to agencies of govt with the requisite competence to do thorough investigation?

  • Shahokaya

    Another Farcrok Lawal in the making.

  • isifesai

    This is a commendable move by the Senate. All relevant agencies entrusted with anti-graft should join hands with them in establishing the involvement of those companies in the alleged lost of 30 trillion naira. The senate has the right to issue a warrant of arrest to those CEOs, if they fail to appear before them. What the police will do is to arrest them, and take them to the senate in their next sitting for them to give their own account of the story.

  • bigbang

    I don’t think private citizens are obligated to accept the senate invitation. It is not a court summons.