House of Reps panel threatens arrest warrant against Dangote

A committee of the House of Representatives investigating the hike in the price of cement has threatened to issue warrants of arrest against the management of Dangote Cement.

The House of Representatives committee said Dangote Cement refused to honour its invitation.

The House Committee on Solid Minerals, chaired by Jonathan Gaza (SDP, Nasarawa), issued the threat on Tuesday during a hearing at the National Assembly Complex after the management of the company failed to show up.

The Nigerian constitution in section 89 empowers the National Assembly to issue a warrant of arrest to compel appearance for the purpose of investigation.

Gaza said the committee would give the management of the company another opportunity to honour its invitation before taking the drastic step.

“On Dangote, my ruling is simple. The laws have given us the necessary powers, but we owe you a duty of care. We are going to give you one more chance. We are going to communicate a date,” Gaza said.

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