Abuja - The subsidy report made public on Friday by the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee has began to generated response both from the general public and the indicted oil marketing firms. The Nation reports that the 18 companies indicted and mandated to refund over N41.9 billion have began plans to seek legal redress by employing the services of a team of lawyers led by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN).
The legal expert told reporters that his clients were indicted even when they were never invited for questioning by the Farouk Lawan-led subsidy committee. Consequently, the firms were said to be suing for N100 billion damages.
But the federal government's response to the anticipated court action was that the companies had the right to challenge any civil matter in the court of law. However, spokesperson of the House of Reps, Zakari Mohammed, said having justly indicted the oil marketers, the next step would be to take then to the court of public opinion.
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