Reps be­gin hear­ing on Diezani’s N10bn pri­vate jet to­day

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives will to­day kick start the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged N10 bil­lion pri­vate jet main­te­nance cost for the petroleum min­is­ter, Diezani AlisonMadueke.

The com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­count was last month man­dated by the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tion la­beled against the min­is­ter.

But sources from the com­mit­tee yes­ter­day re­vealed that all the ma­jor ac­tors in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion were yet to fur­nish the com­mit­tee of the needed documents re­quired ahead of to­day’s hear­ing.

Mrs. Ali­son-Madueke, the Nigeria Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC), Federal Avi­a­tion Author­ity of Nigeria (FAAN), oper­a­tors of the jet and other rel­e­vant agencies of the federal govern­ment have not re­sponded to the memos of the com­mit­tee.

A source from the com­mit­tee said mem­bers have agreed to meet to­day and de­lib­er­ate on the de­vel­op­ment, de­spite the fail­ures of the min­is­ter and other agencies to pro­vide the documents.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, added “as I speak we are yet to hear from the min­is­ter and oth­ers, all we are hear­ing is that the pub­lic hear­ing will not hold, but I can as­sure you that as law­mak­ers, we will do our part, even if the need would be is­su­ing war­rant of ar­rest of those in­volved. No­body is above the law of the land.”

Chair­man of the com­mit­tee Rep Solomon Ade­ola-Olamilekan (APC, La­gos), when con­tacted yes­ter­day said since to­day was sched­uled for the hear­ing, the com­mit­tee would meet with a view to com­ing up with a po­si­tion.

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