Prisons C-G Denies Alleged Assault By His Aides On Female Lawmaker

Prisons C-G Denies Alleged Assault By His Aides On Female Lawmaker

By Chris Suleiman, Abuja

Controller-Genera of Nigerian Prison Service, Peter Ekpendu has denied the widely reported story that his security detail assaulted a Female lawmaker, Honurable Joan Marakpor at the National Assembly Complex.

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The denial, which was done through a press statement signed by the Prisons Public Relations Officer DCP OF Enobore where he said, “The attention of the Controller-General of Prisons, Dr. PE Ekpendu has been drawn to media reports on an alleged assault on a female member of the House of Representatives by his aides on Wednesday, 20th April 2016 and the disquiet it has continued to generate.

According to the statement, “It is important to state that whereas it is true that the Controller-General was at the National Assembly on the invitation of a Committee to attend to some official issues with some of his staff, neither the pilot car in front of him nor his official car had any confrontation with anyone. He went there with 4 cars and not 20 as alleged.

“However, since it is alleged that the assault took place within the precinct of the National Assembly, precisely at the security post of the outer gate with hordes of security personnel from various agencies including that of the National Assembly on duty, it is advisable to establish what actually transpired from these security officers. The matter is currently being investigated by the Police.

“The Controller-General is a peace loving and law abiding citizen of Nigeria who has never been involved in any act of bravado, impunity or hooliganism and will never encourage any form of abuse on any Nigeria including the Honourable member of the National Assembly and will not tolerate any form of indiscipline on the part of his staff.

It would be recalled that a widely circulated report of assault on a female lawmaker by security detail attached to the Controller-General of Nigerian Prison at the Precinct.

It was also reported that the House of Representatives on Thursday summoned Ekpendu to appear before its Committees on Interior and Police Affairs over the alleged assault.

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