The House of Representatives today declared its readiness to make good its promise to drag the Minister of Niger Delta Godswill Akpabio before the court.
The lower chamber had given the minister 48 hours within which to name beneficiaries of contracts awards from the Niger Delta Development Commission or risk legal action.
The minister had made the declaration during the interrogation over contracts scam being investigated by the House of Representatives.
Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed Thursday morning that he had discussed with the Clerk of the House on the modalities for engaging the services of a lawyer to pursue a case of perjury against Akpabio.
Gbajabiamila said, "This morning, I asked the Clerk of the House to engage the services of legal counsel, and instruct them to initiate a criminal complaint of perjury against the Minister. At the same time, we will instruct counsel to explore the possibility of a civil defamation suit"
He reminded members of last Tuesday when he issued a 48-hour ultimatum "to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs to substantiate his allegation that over 60% (sixty per cent) of contracts awarded by the Niger Delta "
He added that the House would "resist every attempt to undermine this institution, whether such attempts come from within or from outside. "