Diezani private jet scandal: Court restates order on Reps appearance

Minister Of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke

The minister and NNPC had instituted the suit seeking to restrain the National Assembly from investigating its alleged spending on the hired aircraft.

An Abuja Federal High Court, on Monday ordered the House of Representatives to appear and explain allegations that it had stopped the probe of NNPC’s N10 billion spent on hiring an aircraft.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed had on April 29, made the same order for the House to appear before him, but at the resumed hearing on Monday, the lower chamber “did not enter appearance’’.

Mr. Mohammed had given the order following media reports that spokesperson of the House, Zakari Mohammed, had claimed that the court had stopped the planned investigation.

Mr. Zakari was quoted as saying that the probe of Alison-Madueke and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation by the House’s Committee on Public Accounts had been stopped by the court.

The minister and NNPC had instituted the suit seeking to restrain the National Assembly from investigating its alleged spending on the hired aircraft.

Justice Mohammed had on April 15 in a motion exparte, granted leave to the plaintiffs to serve the National Assembly the court processes to enable it “enter appearance’’.

Following the absence of the House again on Monday, the plaintiffs’ counsel, Etigwe Uwa, observed that the House had been treating the case with levity.

Mr. Uwa noted that the defendants had consistently refused to appear in court in spite of being served with court processes and hearing notices as directed by the court.

Mr. Uwa, therefore, urged the court to compel them to appear in court.

In his ruling, Mr. Mohammed restated his earlier order thus: “as far as this court is concerned, the order of April 29, requesting the House of Representatives to appear before this court to clarify whether it was served with a restraining order by this court, regarding the investigation of the plaintiffs in this case, “still stands’’.

“There is the need for them to appear and give a clarification, because on one hand, they told the whole world that this court has restrained them from conducting further enquiry against the Minister of Petroleum Resources.

“On the other hand, the record of this court shows that no such restraining order was made by this court,’’ the judge said.

He adjourned the case until May 26, for them to appear to explain where they got information of being served with a restraining order.

Mr. Mohammed also ordered that hearing notice be issued and served on the House to enable them enter appearance on the next adjourned date.


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  • Allayes

    Judge, forget about this. This is just diversionary and time wasting. Just warn the House and proceed to the heart of the matter speedily.

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  • Sword of Damocles

    This is dastardly & duplicitous in the extreme. Speaker Tambuwal, sir you need to quickly SWEAR to the Nigerian masses that you are not trying to kill this investigation by blaming it on this judge. And respect the judiciary by sending you rep to EXPLAIN to this co-branch where you all got the notion that the judge had issued an injunction against exercising the House’s constitutional duty of oversight. Peoples last name(surname) apparently is not worth a bucket of hot piss in Nigeria. Behold the character of the Wretched Ones that rule this beleaguered & betrayed nation, From A to Z , completely COMPROMISED. Patriotism is indeed priceless , and a rare commodity amongst those that desecrate(rule us) the sacred Honor of our country..

    Lastly, Justice Ahmed Mohammed you need to explain to Nigerians, why the judiciary took this case in the first place

    • Alfa mariners

      you mean the judiciary has no right on a case that is not bound by immunity to prosecution, n.a. wah for you ,

      • Sword of Damocles

        immunity from oversight huh, big brain?

    • redeem

      let the truth prevail-in the house of rogues–enough is enough-they had no evidence against the poor women–but attempted to boko haram their way into having her sacked because of her tribal marks–It was APC that planted the said news item in almost all the media houses in Nigeria to deceive gullible citizens of this great country that they the tripod does not want to split-cause of the oil wells in the south south

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  • tsunami1earthquake

    What is this judge up to? Why is he making all this noise? Given the Nigerian setting, there is usually no smoke without a fire. That the judge gave a restraining order to the House of Reps to stop investigating Alison-Madueke could have some element of truth, since there was already a prayer of this nature before him. This judge could have seen the futility and damage his ruling had caused and had quickly denied ever giving such a ruling. Now he wants to use offence as a sort of defence by carrying a battle to the doorsteps of the House of Reps to show where the latter got the info about the restraining order. What stops the judge from expunging the record of any ruling of the sort from court’s record? The judge should play softly and stop meddling in the affairs of the NASS.

  • erol brown

    Touch not my annointed and do Deziani Alison-madueke no harm.The petroluem minister has the right to go to court and get an order restraining her probe just as we have seen in Bola tinubu`s perjury and certificate forgery case,Sanusi financial recklessness case etc.Deziani madueke ia among the best and most efficient petroluem we had so far.OBJ was there even as president/Minister of petroluem,why didn`t these cowards probe OBJ.