The Senate Joint Committee on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance has threatened to order the arrest of Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dakuku Peterside, if he fails to appear before it on Thursday.
According to reports, the committee is investigating the N263.9bn alleged illegal security services carried out by Ocean Marine Solutions Ltd at the Safe Anchorage Area in Lagos Ports.
Peterside had failed to appear before the panel but was represented at the hearing by the Principal Legal Officer of the agency, Haruna Argungu. The Committee Chairman, George Sekibo, told Argungu to inform his client to appear before the committee unfailingly on December 5, failure of which “a warrant of arrest would be issued against him by the Senate”.
The committee refused to honour Argungu in that capacity by walking him out of the session in the presence of the Minister of State, Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki.
Trouble for the NIMASA boss started when Sekibo read out a list of heads of marine transport agencies invited for the hearing and discovered that Peterside was not personally present.
Sekibo further said, “The investigative hearing was supposed to have been held earlier but shifted to allow Peterside and other key players in Marine Transport to attend the International Maritime Organisation conference which took place in London.
“It is annoying that after that grace given to him, he still refused to appear before us. This is unacceptable as submitted by other members of the committee.”