The House of Representatives on Thursday began hearing on the failed contract for the installation of CCTV cameras in Abuja and Lagos.
At the hearing, the former Managing Director of the Nigeria Communication Satellite Ltd, Engineer Ahmed Rufai, placed the blame on the Federal Government for the failure of the $470 million National Public Security Communication Project.
Some of the agencies present at the hearing denied having any knowledge of the project or being involved in it.
The Chairman of the House committee investigating the CCTV contract, Ahmed Yerima, and the Chief Whip of the House, Garba Alhassan, spoke on the focus of the investigation.
According to report, the House had investigated the issue before in the 7th Assembly without coming out with a verdict.
The committee, however, gave the assurance that they would complete their own investigation as speedily as possible to ensure the project helps address the country’s security challenges.
In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Senator Ahmed Yerima of Zamfara state defended his position on the controversial topic #ChildNotBride, an issue he said “is all about the definition of full age”.
The removal of Section 29 (4b) of theNigerian constitution as intended by the National Assembly will leave citizens with Section 29 (4a) alone. This is against Islamic law which states that “any married woman is of full age,” he said, adding that “some don’t know that the provision is available in both the 1999 and 1979 constitutions”.
The Senator who argued his case on the floor of the Senate using Islamic laws as defense, said his position on “any woman who is married shall be deemed full of age” “is provided for in the Quran.”
He cited Chapter four of the Quran to back his argument.
He stated that the “the issue of full age was given based on the maturity, that is, age of puberty of a girl,” adding that he recently discovered that the age of puberty as defined by European laws is given as between 12 and 14.
While arguing his case, he stated that puberty is define by the start of a girl’s menstrual cycle, which may commence at age 9 and “when the breasts are fully mature”.
Asked to set a clear distinction between maturity and puberty, the Senator insisted that “a married woman is a married woman”.
The Child Right’s Act which stipulates the age of maturity as 18 “is not constitutional,” he said, insisting that “once a girl reaches the age of puberty” she is assumed to be matured and determined by her parents and ready for marriage.
On the number of his wives who are under the age of 21, he said that “so long as I don’t do any action that is against Islamic law, I am covered by the Nigerian constitution”.
Former governor of Zamfara State and serving Senator, Ahmed Yerima has been speaking on his arrest on Saturday by the police for allegedly making inciting statement on a live Hausa programme on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) station in Kaduna.
The Senate deputy minority whip said shortly after his release that his statements during the programme were not incisive and did not contravene the law of the country.
The Kaduna state police commissioner,Olufemi Adenaike had led a team of policemen in six hilux vans to arrest the former governor at the FRCN premises shortly after the programme.
Mr. Yerima was alleged to have said that if the independent national electoral commission failed to register the newly formed all progressive congress ahead of the 2015 elections, the party members would stage a peaceful protest at the eagle square in Abuja.
But the police commissioner said Senator Yerima was only invited for interrogation over the statement, adding that the statement credited to the senator was capable of causing crisis in the state.
The Senator was detained at the headquarters of the Kaduna police command. Shortly after his supporters were seen trooping to the gate of the command to demand for his immediate release.