The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has directed the House Committee on Public Accounts to resume investigations into allegations that the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison- Madueke blew N10 billion of public funds to fuel her private jet.
Tambuwal while giving the directive at a plenary session yesterday regretted that earlier newspaper reports suggested that he directed the Committee on Public Accounts, to suspend the investigative exercise following a court injunction.
But the Speaker yesterday told the Chairman of PAC, Hon. Solomon Adeola Olamilekan (APC-Lagos) to resume the
probe of the allegations against the minister.
“You can continue with the exercise”, Tambuwal directed the committee.
Recall that the House had, through a motion sponsored by Hon. Babatunde Adejare (APCLagos) mandated PAC to look into allegations that the minister misapplied public funds on her private airplane.
The minister who was invited to appear before the committee went to court instead to secure an injunctive relief against the House. The relief she sought was however denied by a High Court sitting in Abuja.
Spokesman of the House, Hon. Zakari Muhammed (APC-Kwara) however gave the impression at a press briefing a month ago that the court had stalled the investigative exercise.