Ben Igbakpa, a member of the House of Representatives, claimed on Tuesday that he was detained at the airport for four hours because President Muhammadu Buhari claimed that a lawmaker is funding the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
It will be noted that in his Independence Day speech, President Buhari said that the government is pursuing IPOB’s financiers, including a member of the National Assembly.
Mr Igbakpa raised a point of privilege, claiming that a Ghanian official informed him that Ghana had been placed on high alert to prevent Nigerian politicians from taking asylum in the country.
“On Saturday, I had to honor a wedding invitation in Ghana, Mr Speaker, and you will be amazed at what I experienced at the hands of Ghanaian officials. They held me for four hours, claiming they needed to confirm something.
“I stayed at the airport for four hours, missed the wedding I was supposed to attend, and at the end of the day, one of them walked up to me and said sorry sir, there has been an announcement in Nigeria that a member of parliament is sponsoring terrorism, and we have been placed on red alert to ensure that no member of parliament comes here to hide or cause trouble,” he explained.
He went on to say that instead of casting all of the lawmakers as suspects, the president should have named the person who was involved.
The House decided that the President should name and prosecute the person who is funding IPOB.