2.4 BILLION DOLLARS CRUDE OIL PROBE: REPS THREATEN TO ARREST JUSTICE, FINANCE MINSTERS

SHINA J.O

19/04/23

Nigeria’s House of Representatives Adhoc Committee investigating the sale of 48 million barrels of crude oil amounting to over 2.4 billion dollars has again asked the Attorney General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami to appear before it.

Chairman of the Committee, Mark Gbilla who made this known at it’s resumed investigative hearing on Wednesday explained that the invitation will provide the minister an opportunity to give evidence on allegations that he approved the payment of the sum of 200 million dollars to two private firms as consultancy services fees on whistle blowers’ recoveries.

The Committee also demanded the appearance of the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed to explain her role in the said approvals and payment without providing details of actual recoveries from the whistle blowers.

The lawmakers accused both ministers of deliberately frustrating its work as they have been uncooperative with the panel since it’s inauguration despite several letters of invitation.

According to them, the Attorney General must explain where he derived powers to approve payment of funds meant for the federation without approval by the National Assembly through a formal request by the executive.

The Committee threatened to invoke the instrument of summons and all other necessary powers the National Assembly can exercise if the two Ministers fail to honor their invitations.

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