House Speaker,Committee Clash Over N10b Diezani Private Jet Probe

THERE is the possibility that the leadership of the House of Representatives  may soon clash with  the House Committee on Public Accounts probing  the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke for allegedly spending  the sum of  N10 billion on chattered jets
Indications to this effect emerged last week when conflicting signals from the leadership of the House nearly stalled the probe.
The House committee had summoned officials of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company  Limited (PPMC) over the probe but was forced to delay the hearing as a result of signals from the Speaker’s office.
The speaker had initially told the committee to allow him get legal advice on the suit filed by the minister on the probe.
When the committee members thought that the coast was clear to hear from stakeholders, including the PPMC, it attempted to sit last week but had the sitting aborted.
Sources said that the  committee became divided as a result of conflicting signals from the speaker’s office.
“While the members were ready to go ahead, we were told that the speaker was yet to secure the legal advice. We believe that since there is no injunction against the House, the Committee’s work should not be hampered,” a member said at the weekend.
But the deputy spokesman of the House, Hon. Victor Ogene, said on Saturday that the probe would not be aborted.
He dismissed the speculation doing the rounds that the Speaker, Honourable Waziri Aminu Tambuwal, ordered a half to the House Committee on Public Accounts Committee mandated to probe the  alleged N10 billion spent on  hired of private jets by the petroleum resources minister.
Speaking on the issue, Honourable Ogene said that,” the Speaker was not the one that ordered the public hearing on the matter and as such he cannot and will not stop the public hearing.”
According to Hon Ogene, “the decision to conduct the public hearing on the matter was taken unanimously on the floor of the House and if there is the need to discontinue with the probe the matter has to come up again on the floor of the House. That is our stand; the probe is in progress.”
Hon Ogene, who also dismissed on the allegation that there was a meeting on the matter last week Thursday where it was  agreed that the House should discontinue with the probe, said,” it was not true. There was no meeting of such. What the speaker said was  that he would  seek legal advice on the matter for  the House to take a stand on the matter. That is our position till now.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. You guys dnt even know what you are doing. You think nigerians can be fooled . Today you will shout corruption after being settled you just sweep your allegations under the carpet. Theives all of you. God will punish your families with sickness that you will use the stolen wealth for. You will not enjoy the loot..

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