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Speaker orders Reps to resume oil minister’s probe

22 May 2014, 11:49

Abuja - The Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Wednesday, directed the Public Accounts  Committee to investigate the alleged N10 billion spent by the Petroleum Resources Minister on chartered aircraft.

The House had on March 27 mandated the Public Accounts committee to investigate the minister, Deziani Allison-Madueke, for allegedly using state funds in the last two years to charter, operate and maintain a jet for personal use.

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

Tambuwal, who was reacting to a newspaper publication that he ordered the suspension of the investigation, gave the directive at plenary in Abuja.

He explained that at no point did he ordered the suspension of the investigation based on the order of the court, adding that it was only put on hold to seek legal advice.

"I directed that the investigation should be put on hold until some of the legal issues were sorted out.

"I therefore direct that the matter should continue and the committee should turn in their report," he said.

-   NAN

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