The House of Representatives is not letting its planned probe of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke slip, declaring to appeal a court ruling stopping it from doing so. A Federal High Court in Abuja last Wednesday restricted the House of Representatives from probing the minister on the grounds that due process was not followed. The contention between the legislators and the minister sprung from her hiring of a private jet, Challenger 850, during her trips, some which was alleged were not for official purposes. The maintenance of the jet was said to have grossed N10bn, eliciting condemnation and consequently a decision by the lawmakers to carry out a probe.
Zakari Mohammed, speaking for the legislature, said “There is a possibility that our lawyers will appeal the judgment and whatever I say could be considered as prejudice.”
Mohammed added that the House of Representatives have begun to review the earlier ruling by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, with a view to appealing it.
The contentious probe was begun by the House Committee on Public Accounts, headed by Solomon Olamilekan (APC, Kosefe constituency, Lagos).