Reps Speaker, Abbas says those behind Binance $140m bribery blackmail will be brought to book

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By Aaron Ossai

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tajudeen Abbas has said that the 10th Assembly will ensure that those behind the blackmailing allegation of over the $140 million bribery scandal must be brought to book.

He stated this during a press briefing held at the instance of the House Committee on Financial Crimes chaired by Hon. Ginger Obinna on the issue of the bribery allegation.

Hon. Abbas who was represented by the Chairman, House Committee on Monitoring, Evaluation and Implementation of the Legislative Agenda, Hon. Patrick Umoh, reiterated his stance to protect the integrity of the House, just as he assured Hon. Obinna of the House resolve to ensure that he comes out clean.

“We are here on the mandate of the honorable Speaker to, one, monitor proceedings and protect the image of 10th House of Representatives. That’s why we are here Mr. Chairman.

“We are part and parcel of what you are doing because we are all very interested in the credibility of the 10th House of Representatives and we also have to ensure that Nigerians know the truth.

“This is the people’s House and as far as I’m concerned, as far as 10th House of Representatives is concerned, anti-corruption is a core mandate of our committee when it comes to monitoring and evaluation of our agenda.

“It is with dismay that we have observed the trend where the 10th House of Representatives has been blackmailed by individuals, corporate organizations, some organizations who are themselves not known to law, coming to blackmail the Committee on anti-corruption.

“So, the House note with dismay, the House is worried, the House is uncomfortable that when negative news trend we should also be interested in what is the truth.

“We are here elected by the people of Nigeria to represent this country and to ensure that we make laws for the good governance of our country Nigeria.

“And the best, the only complement that we should enjoy from Nigerians is that of encouragement. So, Nigerians particularly members of National Assembly should be interested when we hear of these blackmails, these trending news, the negative news, unprintable things said about the 10th House of Representatives”, he stated.

Speaking earlier, the of the Committee, Hon. Obinna who denied the $140 million bribery allegation, challenged the promoters of the allegation to unveil the “unknown persons” who approached Binance employees and suggested to them to make a payment in settlement of the allegations.

“The Committee will continue with its legitimate functions as indicated and will update the relevant authorities, the general public and the press as the need arises”, he assured.