‘I was treated like a suspect in Ghana’ — Rep asks Buhari to name lawmaker ‘funding terrorism’
A member of the house of representatives, Ben Igbakpa, on Tuesday has worried over President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that a lawmaker is among those funding terrorism.
He is a member representing Ethiope East/Ethiope West federal constituency of Delta state
As reported by The Cable, in Igbakpa words, “In the course of Mr President’s address to the nation, I was very happy when he paid tribute to the functions of the parliament and how much we have helped him to ensure that we have done a lot,” he said.
“But going further to paragraph 33 of the address, Mr president, in his address which was widely publicised, carried by BBC, CNN and other media houses across the world, told the world that one of us is sponsoring terrorism. jamb results
“Mr speaker, that means 469 members of this national assembly are prime suspects.
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“On that fateful day, I went to Akure to be part of the burial ceremony of our former colleague. On Saturday, I had to honour an invitation to Ghana for a wedding. Mr speaker, it will amaze you what I faced at the hands of Ghanaian officials.
“They kept me for about four hours, that they are trying to confirm something. I stayed at the airport for four hours, missed the wedding that I went there for and at the end of the day, one of them walked up to me and said ‘sir, we are sorry because there is an announcement in Nigeria that a member of parliament is sponsoring terrorism; we are out on red alert to ensure that no member of parliament from Nigeria comes here to hide or to cause trouble’.
“I had to come back home, dejected. I lost my respect and my privilege as a member of this chamber. They have been calling me all over the world. My friends have been telling me: ‘who among you is that person sponsoring terrorists?’”
Igbakpa said the right thing for the president to have done is to identify the lawmaker.
“All of us here are prime suspects. If you go outside Nigeria and you are a member of parliament, you are a prime suspect,” he said.
The lawmaker asked the leadership of the house to urge the president to name the serving lawmaker “that is sponsoring terrorism as he claimed”.
He also asked the federal government to prosecute the person involved, “as it wrong to throw a blanket accusation”.
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