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Stamp duty: Kazaure acting on his own – Gbajabiamila

THE Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has that said Hon. Gudaji Kazaure is acting alone in his mission to unravel N89 trillion stamp duty allegations against CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele.

Gbajabiamila disclosed this after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday evening at at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

 Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the Speaker said he discussed various national issues with the president, including next year’s general elections, associated rising violence and the controversies trailing recently introduced cashless policy.

The meeting with Buhari  followed reports that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had declined an application by the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest and detain the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

Gbajabiamilia stressed that Kazaure was acting without official function. “Kazaure, from my understanding, is working with whoever he’s working with. If it necessitates the House coming in, we will come in. 

“If he has an official function, he should go ahead and do his work, but this has nothing to do with National Assembly. Not that I know of. It was not based on a resolution of the National Assembly. It was not based on a motion from the National Assembly.”

 ”I believe he said he had executive authority to do what he’s doing. If that be the case, then it’s got nothing to do with the National Assembly. I think it’s important to separate the two. If he has the mandate to do something, that’s on him.

 “When it came up, we asked members of the executive, and they said they were not aware of any mandate, or such mandate has been withdrawn.

 “I don’t want to get into it, except to the extent that he attempts to impugn on the integrity of members of the House and that’s a no- no. We have nothing to do with this,” the speaker added. 

 He continued: “We discussed things that came up in the last few weeks, things come up every day in Nigeria, every day and in the last few days, some things have come up.

 “I’m sure you know some of these things, and I just wanted to get his perspective on them and give him mine and that of the National Assembly’s perspective and position on those matters. We had a fruitful discussion.”

Kazaure, a member of the House of Representatives from Jigawa, accused the the CBN Governor of attempts to cover up facts surrounding the collection of the controversial stamp duty funds.

 He urged President Buhari to allow him to present his report to him or immediately order a thorough investigation of the alleged stamp duty funds.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja reportedly declined an application by the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest and detain CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele.

The suit, with reference number FHC/Abj/CS/2255/2022, had the Department of State Services as the applicant.

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