Diezani probe not over, Tam­buwal says

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule & John Chucks Azu

Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal yes­ter­day said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged N10 bil­lion jet scan­dal in­volv­ing Petroleum Min­is­ter Diezani Ali­son-Madueke has not been closed de­spite a court case over the mat­ter.

A House com­mit­tee was set to be­gin the probe on Mon­day on the char­tered air­craft mat­ter when court pa­pers were served to the of­fice of the speaker. Be­cause of this, the com­mit­tee de­cided to put the in­ves­ti­ga­tion on hold.

Tam­buwal, who spoke dur­ing yes­ter­day’s ple­nary ses­sion of the House, said: “We have not closed that in­ves­ti­ga­tion. When we get le­gal ad­vice, we will know the next line of ac­tion.”

He spoke while rul­ing on a point of or­der raised on the pro­pri­ety of the court ac­tion.

Mean­while, the Federal High Court in Abuja which is sit­ting on the mat­ter said it never granted an in­junc­tion stop­ping the House probe.

Jus­tice Ahmed Mo­hammed ex­pressed dis­may over me­dia re­ports yes­ter­day that said he is­sued a re­strain­ing or­der against the House. He blamed the House for mis­lead­ing the press.

Lawyer M.C. Maikyau, who ap­peared for the House, ten­dered an apol­ogy, ex­plain­ing that the state­ment did not em­anate from the Di­rec­tor of Le­gal Ser­vices.

Jus­tice Mo­hammed also yes­ter­day or­dered the ser­vice of hear­ing notices on the law­mak­ers to show cause why the or­der to res­train them should not be made.

The petroleum min­is­ter, through her coun­sel Etigwe Uwa (SAN), had asked the court for an or­der re­strain­ing the House Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts from re­quest­ing her to pro­duce any pa­pers “pend­ing the hear­ing and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the mo­tion.”

The suit has been ad­journed to May 5 for hear­ing.

PHOTO ABUBAKAR YAKUBU

Mem­bers of the Aca­demic Staff Union of Poly­tech­nics, stu­dents and chil­dren protest­ing in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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