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House to appeal ruling on Madueke’s N10bn jet probe

22 December 2014, 13:22

Abuja - The House of Representatives is to appeal against the judgement of an Abuja High Court nullifying the invitation to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, to appear before it over the N10 billion jet probe, Punch reports.

In his judgement, Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed, held that the House has the constitutional and statutory power to summon any public officer irrespective of his or her position to appear before it to render an account of how he or she has managed public property in his or her care.

Also read: House to probe Shell, Alison-Madueke

But he ruled that it was wrong to argue that the House could not summon the minister without the consent of the president on matter relating to a private jet, stating that the issue of private jet is not of such confidentiality and therefore not among issues that she needed to obtain permission from the president before responding to.

Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Zakari Mohammed, at the weekend described the judgement as “shocking and disturbing,” expressing hope that the House’s lawyers would appeal appropriately.

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