Senate may summon Diezani over private jet
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.