The comptroller general of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Peter Ekpendu, on Friday, April 22, 2016, denied that his aide assaulted a member of the House of Representative, Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the comptroller general’s aide was said to have hit her car and slapped her when she wound down her glass to observe the convoy of the prisons boss in the Assembly Complex.
Although Ekpendu agreed that he was in the National Assembly Complex on Wednesday, he said in a statement by the prisons spokesman, Francis Enobore, saying that he went to the National Assembly on invitation by a committee with some of his staff, none of his cars or none of his aides had an issue with any member of the National Assembly.
“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 statement said.
“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 Nigerian including the Honourable member of the National Assembly and will not tolerate any form of indiscipline on the part of his staff,” the prisons boss maintained.
However, the comptroller general has been summoned to appear before the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.