Victor Oluwasegun and Tony Akowe, Abuja
The House of Representatives is addressing the court on what it believes to be a heavy $ 10 million bribe allegation, allegedly given to the House to pass the Infectious Disease Control Act.
The resolution was to take legal action against an online media organization for allegedly reporting that the House had raised $ 10 million from Bill Gates to pass the Law on Controlling Infectious Diseases.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila mandated the secretary, Mr. Patrick Giwa, to liaise with the majority leader of the Chamber and the National Assembly's legal advisor to initiate legal action.
To adjust the effectiveness of the legal action, the Chamber also created an investigation panel led by Henry Nwawuba to catch those responsible for the harmful report. The panel must inform the Chamber within 10 days.
The Chamber's resolution followed the approval of a Personal Explanation motion by the Deputy Mayor, Ahmed Wase, on Tuesday's plenary session.
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All members unanimously agreed that legal action begins in earnest.
Wase, in moving the motion, said that he had not collected money from anyone and was aware that no member had collected money from anyone for this purpose.
According to him, it was reported by an online media organization that the House raised $ 10 million to pass the contentious law.
Majority leader Ado Doguwa told members that his hands were clean as he did not collect money from anyone.
He wondered where the report came from, saying it was damaging to the integrity of the House.
A remedy, he said, must be sought, as the Green Chamber was doing its job to ensure people's safety.
He said that, like other members, he saw the report in the online media, claiming that members received money to pass the legislation.
Minority leader Ndudi Elumelu told his colleagues that he read in an online news outlet, the Daily Post, that Bill Gates, an American philanthropist and billionaire, gave the Green House $ 10 million to pass the bill.
He said that no member of the minority team has the money to support the project, especially himself.
“When the Gates Foundation arrived at the house, we were all there. I want to affirm that we received nothing and I maintain the support ”, he affirmed.
President Gbajabiamila was of the opinion that responding to this baseless accusation would give him credibility.
But the action of online media, he said, gave credence to the need to regulate social media and online publications.
The claim, said Gbajabiamila, is, however, heavy enough to take legal action against the media organization, even if it is to stop others.