Diezani, NNPC shun Reps’ hear­ing on pri­vate jet

* Se­nate be­gins fresh probe

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Petroleum Min­is­ter Mrs. Diezani Ali­son-Madueke and the Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Nigeria Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) Andrew Yakubu yes­ter­day failed to hon­our the in­vi­ta­tion of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­leged spend­ing of N10 bil­lion to main­te­nance a pri­vate jet for the min­is­ter.

The com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­count had on March 26th in­vited the min­is­ter and NNPC to ap­pear yes­ter­day over the al­le­ga­tion.

A mem­ber of the com­mit­tee told Daily Trust in con­fi­dence af­ter the fruit­less wait for the min­is­ter that their re­fusal to turn up had de­layed the job of the com­mit­tee.

Also, the Se­nate com­mit­tee on petroleum re­sources down­stream has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Nigeria Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) over al­leged mis­use of pub­lic funds in the lease of air­craft.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the com­mit­tee led by Se­na­tor Magnus Abe (APC, Rivers) had in­vited the cor­po­ra­tion’ stop of­fi­cials in­clud­ing the Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Mr. Andrew Yakubu re­peat­edly for meet­ing over the al­le­ga­tions but they failed to ap­pear be­fore them since Oc­to­ber last year.

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