A Legislative Assistant, Kabir Muhammed Lawal, to a member of the House of Representatives, Mustafa Saidu from Adamawa State, was on Friday caught breaking into the office of another lawmaker from Kano State, Kabiru Idris.
Lawal, who was apprehended with the aid of a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV), hails from Offa, Kwara State. Saidu is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while Idris is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to The Punch, the CCTV footage showed Lawal allegedly opening a shelf in the office as well as videos of his interrogation by Idris and some sergeants-at-arms.
According to eyewitnesses, Lawal had allegedly paraded himself as a journalist in the course of extorting money from unsuspecting politicians and visitors from Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Authorities of the National Assembly were still interrogated Lawal.
Idris, who is Chairman of the House Committee on Civil Society Organisations and Donor Agencies, in his brief comment on the incident, stated that Lawal allegedly broke into his office after using several keys, within 15 minutes of exiting the office.
The lawmaker said: “He put off the light in my office but my cameras were on and I could see him. He used different keys. I could see from the camera; he was struggling to open the door and it was less than 15 minutes after I closed from the office. Basically, he was monitoring my movements. We have all the videos.”
Idris said he had contacted Lawal’s boss, who was expected to arrive in the National Assembly to see what his aide had allegedly done.
“It will be unfair to take any action or allow anybody to take any action without the consent of his principal. I have already invited him and he is on his way. We will tell him what happened.
“The Chairman of the Press (House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu) is with us; his office was also burgled a while ago. We have all been burgled; we don’t know what is happening,” the lawmaker said.
Idris later told journalists that the case had been handed over to the National Assembly management for further action.
Burglars had in May broken into Kalu’s office and carted away cash and items.
Kalu had lamented the spate of insecurity in and around the National Assembly Complex as burglars broke into his office.
The House spokesman said members of the National Assembly were no longer safe to carry out their legislative duties and that he was shocked to see that his office had been burgled.
When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer, National Assembly Division, DSP Abdullahi Sambo, said, “See me on Monday for that.”
Lawal’s boss could not be reached as he did not pick up his mobile phone when he was called several times.
In January 2019, the offices of three members of the National Assembly were looted within a week. The affected lawmakers include Senator Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central senatorial district; and Mr Muhammed Gausu Boyi, representing Ringim/Taura Federal Constituency, Jigawa State.