A female lawmaker, Hon. Onyemeachi Mprakpor was allegedly assaulted by security operatives attached to the convoy of the comptroller-general of prisons, Dr. Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, on Wednesday evening, April 20.
She was maltreated for overtaking the convoy of the prisons comptroller-general of the within the premises of the National Assembly, This Day reports. Narrating what happened, Mprakpor, representing Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency of Delta state, said she was going for mid-week service at about 4pm and because there were two lanes, she decided to overtake three green vehicles. As she overtook the convoy, some of the vehicles in the convoy moved to her right side and told her she was supposed to give way for the convoy of the comptroller-general.
“Initially, I thought that my vehicle hit them, then I just wound down to apologise. When they saw it was a woman, they called me a useless prostitute, don’t you know that this is the convoy of the comptroller-general of prisons,” she explained. They descended on her and she was said to have been slapped by one of the aides, while Ekpendu sat inside his vehicle watching the assault.
She said the matter, which lasted between 10 and 15 minutes, might have been a result of transferred aggression over the petition against him by an officer with Nigeria Prisons Service. Ekpendu had come to the National Assembly on invitation by the Uzoma Nkem-Abonta-led public petition committee over allegation of fraud against him by an officer. Hon. Leo Ogor, the minority leader brought a petition before the House of Representatives at plenary Thursday over the assault.
“They blocked her car, and started bashing her car. When she wound down the windows, an aide slapped her in the face. The CG sat in the comfort of his car while this happened,” he narrated.
The House summoned Ekpendu, and the minister of interior, Abdulraman Dambazau, to appear before its committee on interior over the assault, Vanguard reports. Also summoned are the security agencies within the National Assembly, such as Department of State Service, Nigeria Police; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; Federal Road Safety Commission, and Sergeant-at-Arms, who were said to be watching when the alleged assault took place in the presence of the prisons comptroller-general.
The House called for the immediate sack of the comptroller-general, despite its resolution to give him fair hearing, adding that said his action was tantamount to assault, battery, inflicting of bodily harm as well as violation of the right of the woman.
Contributing to the motion, the House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, said: “This is the time we need to rally behind her not just because she is a member but because she is a human being and a woman. I am not interested in the issue of fair hearing. The man, as far as I am concerned, is guilty of assault, battery, bodily harm and violence against women.”
The House mandated the committee to expedite action on the investigation so as to submit its report on Tuesday, April 26