The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has asked that the National Assembly first get a consent from the President before beginning investigation on her as regards the allegation that she squandered N10bn on a chartered aircraft.
The minister, in an affidavit filed in support of a fresh suit together with the NNPC to stop the probe, said that the House Committee on Public Accounts didn’t have such or enough power to ask for her presence
In it, Diezani and NNPC sued the Senate and the House of Representatives as the first and second respondents respectively.
Punch reported that according to a lawyer in the law firm of Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the supporting affidavit deposed to by Dominic Ezerioha, states, “That by law, the respondents are enjoined to seek the consent of the President before ordering the applicants to tender the official unpublished papers, books, and records.
“All the documents being requested of the applicants by the respondents are unpublished official records, and the respondents in all their invitations have never shown to the applicants, any such evidence of presidential consent, after numerous demands made by the applicants that they do so.”
Although this is her second suit filed against the duo with no tangible response from the first, no date has been fixed for the hearing of the fresh suit and the respondents have yet to file their defence.
Meanwhile, a similar suit which the minister had earlier filed, would come up for hearing before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the FHC, Abuja today and attached to the fresh suit are 41 exhibits, which are mainly letters of invitation served by the National Assembly on the NNPC and the office of the minister for the purpose of probing activities in the oil industry since 1999.
The House had asked the minister to appear before it to answer questions relating to the scandal on June 17.
All of which her lawyers dismissed standing by the request that a consent should be gotten from President Goodluck Jonathan before any investigation can take place.