The Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) Dr Peter Ekpendu during questioning by the House of Representatives Committee on Interior over the alleged assault on a female lawmaker by his men last Wednesday, explained that his vehicles had passed when the incident took place, adding that it was the vehicles of two of his deputies that were involved in the incident.
The female lawmaker, who reported the incident, recalled that she was assaulted and insulted by a Senior Inspector of Prisons (SIP) Mr. Dan Odeh, at the exit gate to the National Assembly last week.
He said: “I left the National Assembly complex to attend another assignment. I left in company of some officers, DCG Admin, Jafaru Ahmed and DCG Budget and Finance, making it a total of 6 vehicles in the convoy.
“Before the incident, the escort, my vehicle and the backup had passed. So, I was never a witness to the incident.
“I was informed by the CG Civil Defence who called my attention to the report in his office the following day.”
He said he immediately instituted an investigation and issued a query to the affected officers the following day.
Ekpendu said he had taken responsibility for all that happened and that if found guilty, “the punishment for those involved will not be anything less than dismissal as it is an embarrassment to the service.”
He later apologized to the lawmakers for the incident.