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Tambuwal orders resumption of probe on N10bn jet expenses

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The investigation into the alleged N10 billion spent by Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke to charter aircraft by the House of Representatives will resume, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal said yesterday.

The Speaker ordered the Public Accounts Committee to resume the investigation which was stalled after a controversial court pronouncement.

The Solomon Adeola-led committee was mandated by the House on March 27 to investigate the allegation that the minister spent public funds to charter jets for private trips.

Tambuwal yesterday debunked reports that he ordered a stop to the probe of the minister.

According to him, an earlier directive halting the investigation was not hinged on a court  injunction but was a bid to peruse the court process served on his office and the House by the petroleum minister.

The Speaker recalled that the presiding High Court Judge denied granting any restraining order stopping the House from carrying out the investigation.

“I directed that the investigation should be put on hold until some of the legal issues were sorted out. “Therefore, direct that the matter should continue and the committee should turn in their report,” he said.

The probe, which was expected to begin on March 28, was suspended over an alleged court order.

Tambuwal at plenary on April 29, 2014 said in spite of the court action instituted against the House by the minister, the investigation into her N10 billion alleged bill on chartered jets had not ended.

He spoke while ruling on a point of order brought on the floor by a member, Omosule Eniolorunda.

The lawmaker brought the attention of the House to the Court ruling on the suit filed by Alison-Madueke and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which he said was insufficient to stop the House from continuing with its probe.

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