Double appointment/salary: Rep’s aide petitions Malami, seeks colleagues’ prosecution’s


A senior legislative aide to a member of the House of Representatives, Mr Henry Okah, has petitioned the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), seeking the criminal prosecution of another senior legislative aide to a member of the Senate.


Sunday PUNCH had last week reported how Okah, an SLA to  Mr Ben Igbakpa, had dragged the Chairman of the National Assembly Legislative Aides’ Forum, Salisu Usman Zuru, before a court for allegedly maintaining two public offices and drawing salaries from both.



Okah is accusing Zuru, who recently won NASSLAF’s chairmanship election, of refusing to quit his earlier position as a member of the board of the National Orientation Agency before taking another appointment as SLA to Senator Sahabi Ya’u who is representing Zamfara North.


He had prayed the court to sack Zuru as NASSLAF chairman.


Okah has gone further to write Malami.


The letter, a copy of which our correspondent obtained, is dated October 30, 2020, and titled, ‘Re: Violation of Section 2(a) of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Section of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act…Request for Fiat to Commence Criminal Case on Behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Against Alh. Salisu Usman Zuru.’



It read in part, “The summary of facts giving rise to this application are as follows: Alhaji Salisu Usman Zuru is a Senior Legislative Aide appointed by the National Assembly Service Commission on the recommendation of Senator Alhaji Ya’u Sahabi on the 27th of August, 2019, and also currently a member of the Board of National Orientation Agency appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 29th of December, 2017.


The said Alh Zuru had also served as a Senior Legislative Aide throughout the 8th National Assembly (i.e. 2015 – 2019).



“Since his appointment, Alh Salisu Usman Zuru has continued to receive and/or be paid emoluments in respect of his office as Senior Legislative Aide appointed by the National Assembly Service Commission on the recommendation of Senator Alhaji Ya’u Sahabi on the 27th of August, 2019, and at the same time as a member of the Board of National Orientation Agency appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 29th of December, 2017, and has put himself in a position where his personal interest as Senior Legislative Aide appointed by the National Assembly Service Commission conflicts with his duties and responsibilities as a member of the Board of National Orientation Agency appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.



 

“Alh Salisu Usman Zuru’s action, being a public officer, amounts to gross misconduct in breach of Section 2(a) and Section 19 of Part 1 of the 5th Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended); Section 6 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act; Section 1, Chapter 4 and Chapter 13 of the Public Service Rules, 2009; and Paragraph 60 (i) to (iii) and Paragraph 12 of the Revised Guidelines on Appointment and Management of Legislative Aides for Senators and Members of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly, 2019.



“If this application is granted, I shall be relying on the facts disclosed in the following documents marked as exhibits.”


Okah said the exhibits include Zuru’s letter of appointment into the National Assembly Service dated August 27, 2019; a copy of the Revised Guidelines on the Appointment and Management of Legislative Aides for Senators and Members of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly, 2019; and a copy of the letter from the office of the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency dated October 19, 2020, confirming the 1st defendant’s membership of the present board of the agency and photograph taken by the board on their inauguration on 5th April 2018.

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