N10bn chartered jets scandal: Reps meet today on probe

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts will meet  today to take a final decision on the planned probe of the alleged N10 billion  used by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Deziani Allison-Madueke to charter  private jets .
The jets were allegedly chartered for the minister by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation( NNPC)
Before the House went on a two-week Easter break, the committee had written to the  Minister, the NNPC, the Federal Avaiation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)  and other agencies of the Federal Government demanding explanation on the allegation. The minister, NNPC and other agencies are yet to respond to the query.
The decision to probe Madueke and NNPC on the chartered jets allegation followed a resolution by the House mandating the committee on public accounts to conduct a public hearing on the alleged scam  and report back to it within three weeks.
Consequently, the committee sent a memo to the minister, the NNPC, the operators of the private jets and others involved in the deal ahead of the public hearings .
Daily Sun gathered that today’s meeting by the committee is called to deliberate on the step to take following the alleged refusal of the minister to respond to the memo.
Chairman of the committee, Solomon Adeola Olamilekan confirmed that his committee would meet today but declined further comment.
He said: “All I can say for now is that our committee will meet today on the matter and thereafter we will revert back to the House for the next action”.
A member of the committee who does not want his name mentioned said: “As  I speak we have yet to  hear from the minister and others. All what we are hearing is that the public hearing will not hold, but I can assure you that as lawmakers, we will do our part of it,even if there needs to be issuing of warrant of arrest on those involved. Nobody is above the law of the land”.
Speaking on the matter,  House spokesman, Zakari Mohammed said there was no cause for alarm and that the committee saddled with the responsibility of looking into the matter was on top of the situation.

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