Reps detain Bank of Agric officials, summon MD

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts on Thursday in Abuja placed two officials of Bank of Agriculture in National Assembly custody for failure of the bank’s Managing Director, Mr Kabir Adamu to appear before it.

The detained staff are Mr. Emmanuel Ameh, the Executive Director, Regional Banking, Bank of Agriculture and the company’s Legal Adviser, Mr Haruna Babaji.

Adamu was to appear before members of the Committee to respond to queries of an alleged N10 billion financial impropriety from the office of the Auditor-General against his organisation in 2014 and 2015.

‎Earlier, Ameh told the committee that his MD left the National Assembly complex a few minutes before the hearing commenced to meet with some international development partners.

“My MD was here with us until he got a call from our office that officials from the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank were around to discuss a loan the bank is seeking to obtain on behalf of the country”, Ameh said.

Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (Rivers-PDP) expressed dissatisfaction with Ameh’s explanation, saying that the MD showed lack of respect for the parliament.

He said by placing more importance on a meeting with donor agencies over a meeting with the parliament, the MD has shown lack of respect for the parliament.

Chinda directed the Sergeant-At-Arm, to keep the officials of the bank in its custody pending when the MD will appear before members of the committee to respond to the queries.

He also told the Sergeant-At-Arm‎ to make them comfortable until the MD appears.

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