Se­nate may sum­mon Diezani over pri­vate jet

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Tu­raki A. Has­san

The Se­nate com­mit­tee on petroleum re­sources down­stream says it may be com­pelled to sum­mon petroleum min­is­ter Mrs. Diezani Ali­son-Madueke to re­spond to ques­tions on al­le­ga­tions that she spent N10 bil­lion on hir­ing and main­tain­ing a pri­vate jet.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Se­na­tor Magnus Abe (APC, Rivers) who dis­closed this yes­ter­day lamented that his panel may be left with no op­tion than to in­vite the min­is­ter to an­swer ques­tions on the al­le­ga­tions as a re­sult of fail­ure of the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) to pro­vide them with re­quired in­for­ma­tion.

This is com­ing in the wake of sim­i­lar in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­counts which is billed to com­mence probe into the al­le­ga­tion in two weeks’ time.

The se­na­tor said should the NNPC again fail to sub­mit documents re­lat­ing to the ex­pen­di­ture as well as other fi­nan­cial deal­ings of the cor­po­ra­tion since 2012, the min­is­ter will be in­vited to pro­vide de­tails.

“We’ve not in­formed the min­is­ter of the de­lay from NNPC and there are is­sues we know will in­volve the min­is­ter but I don’t think this, at this point, in­volves the min­is­ter. But if we can’t re­solve it, we will ask the min­is­ter to come with them,” Abe said.

The sen­a­tors are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crude swap trans­ac­tions by the NNPC, hir­ing of pri­vate jet for the min­is­ter and the vol­ume of fuel be­ing sold by the cor­po­ra­tion.

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