Reps al­lege plot to black­mail Tam­buwal over Diezani jet probe

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

Some mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives have claimed to have un­cov­ered a plot to black­mail Speaker Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal and other of­fi­cers over the probe of the jet scan­dal in­volv­ing Petroleum Min­is­ter Diezani Ali­son-Madueke.

A mem­ber of the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee han­dling the probe told Daily Trust that there is a plan to spon­sor me­dia pub­li­ca­tions to link Tam­buwal and other of­fi­cers of the House with hir­ing of pri­vate jets for for­eign and lo­cal trav­els.

The pub­li­ca­tions would show that the spea­keer is spend­ing pub­lic funds to hire pri­vate jets even though he has ac­cess to the pres­i­den­tial fleet, the source said.

He also claimed that spon­sored protests would be staged at the Na­tional As­sem­bly on April 28, the day the com­mit­tee would be­gin a pub­lic hear­ing on the mat­ter.

The House had man­dated the pub­lic ac­counts com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions that Mrs Ali­son-Madueke spent N10 bil­lion on a charteted jet since 2010. N3 bil­lion was said to be spent on main­te­nance alone, while N7 bil­lion was for hanger costs and crew al­lowances. Tam­buwal’s spokesman Imam Imam could not be reached by tele­phone for com­ments on the is­sue.

But speak­ing to Daily Trust by tele­phone yes­ter­day, House spokesman Zakari Mo­hammed said the House does not give cre­dence to spec­u­la­tions.


Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria Prayer Rally in Tafawa Balewa and Bo­goro Lo­cal Govern­ment Ar­eas of Bauchi State yes­ter­day.

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