Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has declared that the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke is still under investigation despite a court process challenging the lawmakers’ probe into the N10billion allegedly spent to maintain a chartered aircraft used by the minister in two years.
Tambuwal said the Public Accounts Committee of the House will only stay action pending receipt of legal advice on the matter before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
“We have not closed that investigation. When we get legal advice, we will know the next line of action”, Tambuwal stated at Tuesday plenary session of the House while ruling on a point of order raised on the propriety of the court action.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke has allegedly not only used the said chartered aircraft for official trips, but also private trips, an allegation the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has debunked.
The NNPC explained that chartering aircraft for its officials’ use is common and in line with best global practices.