The Senate has threatened to issue warrant for the arrest of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Glo Mobile and other firms that failed to honour its invitation on alleged complicity in N30 trillion revenue probe.
The Senate gave the 16 companies who failed to appear before its committee a deadline of Thursday to honour the invitation or risk being arrested.
The CEOs of British American Tobacco Company, CCEC Nigeria Ltd, Dana Group, African Wire and Allied Ltd, Admiral Overseas Nigeria Ltd and Aarti Steel Nigeria Ltd, Were equally issued the warning.
Others are Gagsel International, Fries Land Capina, Etco Nigeria Ltd, Encounter LTD, Edic Chemicals and Allied Distributors Ltd, Don Climax Group, De United Foods.
The Chairman of the Senate Joint Committee of Customs, Excise and Tariff (and Marine Transport, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, gave the warning at an investigative meeting with some of the firms on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said the refusal the firms to honour the invitation was a disrespect for the institution of the National Assembly and would not be tolerated.
He said of the 30 firms invited between Tuesday and Wednesday, only 14 honoured the invitation and appeared before the committee.
According to him, the CEOs are expected to cut short whatever engagement they have to honour the invitation in view of the magnitude of the investigation.
” It is only Nigeria that the Senate will invite an entity for an interactive session, particularly in case that bothers on investigation, financial mismanagement, infractions and the company will be complacent.
” The companies will not be willing to come or sometimes send junior officers.
” I have directed and we are working with security agencies, that any company that is invited and has something to explain and refuses to appear, we will issue a warrant for such persons to be arrested.
” We are giving them the final opportunity to appear and if they fail, we will issue a warrant.
” In this investigation we are working with the Nigeria Police Force.
” This is because we are using their facilities to process some of our data so that the information we will present to the public will be information with high integrity that will not be questioned by anybody.
” We have directed that they must come tomorrow, Thursday unfailingly,” he said. (NAN).