Nigeria lower legislative chamber, house of representatives, has launched a comprehensive probe of interior minister Rauf Aregbesola.
Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, initiated the probe at plenary on Wednesday. Gbajabiamila is a known and unalloyed loyalist of former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu.
At plenary, which was presided over by Gbajabiamila, the house resolved that the probe of Mr Aregbesola and prisons chief Haliru Nababa is imperative in light of the mismanagement of N165 billion in funds allocated for prison development across the country.
The resolution is consequent upon a motion of urgent public importance by Ndudi Elumelu, the minority leader of the House on the floor of the House on Wednesday in Abuja. In his argument, Mr Elumelu bemoaned the welfare of the workforce.
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“The House is disturbed that despite this Act and increase in budgetary allocations to the Nigerian Correctional Service to drive its renewed mandate, the tempo and quality of the Service have remained the same if not retrogressing,” Mr Elumelu said. “The House is worried that the working conditions of Staff and inmates’ welfare have deteriorated notwithstanding the over N165 billion budget allocations to the Service in the last two years.”
The legislators resolved to have its committee on Reformatory Institutions investigate the allegations and report to the House within 12 weeks for further legislative action.
The development is coming days after public vituperation of Tinubu by Aregbesola and over the power tussle in Osun state.
On Monday, Aregbesola at a political rally mocked and maligned Tinubu. Alluding to a now viral video, the Minister derided Tinubu over public urination on his body.
Aregbesola has been locked in a fierce political fray with his former chief of staff and successor, Gboyega Oyetola, accusing him and Tinubu of conniving to destroy his legacy in Osun. Messrs Tinubu and Oyetola are believed to be of the same family, with Mr Oyetola often describing himself as a younger brother to Tinubu.