Court Stops House from Probing Petroleum Minister, NNPC Over Alleged N10bn Aircraft Charter

A Federal High Court in Abuja Thursday ordered the House of Representatives to stop its proposed probe of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), over allegation that she spent N10b to hire aircraft.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed in a ruling said that the order was to subsist till July 3 when the substantive suit would be heard.

The order came ahead of the plan by the House Committee on Public Accounts to carry out the probe on June 25, 26 and 27, 2014.

The minister’s counsel order  Mr. Etigwe Uwa (SAN), had asked the court for a preservative order pending the hearing of the suit.

He  urged the court to make the order, claiming that a letter dated May 23, 2014, by the House Committee on Public Accounts, inviting his clients for the probe, constituted a disrespect for the court.

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