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Published On: Thu, Apr 10th, 2014

Chartered private jet: NANS, security stop pro-Diezani protesters

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nigeria_reps_in_first_sessionBy Umar Muhammad Puma

A group of protesting youths, under the umbrella of National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS), supporting the embattled Minister of Petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke, were yesterday prevented from gaining entry into the National Assembly by the security agencies.

The protesters, numbering hundreds, carried various placards with inscription reading: “NANS support President’s agenda’; ‘The petroleum industry is positive’; ‘NANS support oil sector reform’ and ‘NANS supports NNPC’.

Diezani Alison-Madueke is presently being investigated by the House of Representative’s Committee on Public Account on the alleged spending of N10 billion on a chartered jet, ‘Challenger 850 aircraft’ for local and overseas trips, following a motion passed by the House.

The House Committee on Public Accounts, chaired by Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, had summoned the Minister and management team of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to appear before it with relevant documents to substantiate their positions.

The committee had, on March 26, invited the Minister as well as the Corporation and they are yet to respond to the memo sent to them by the Committee despite the one week ultimatum given to them and other agencies involved in the deal to provide the Committee the necessary information to enable commence its work.

In the course of preliminary findings, the committee got additional information that Alison-Madueke chartered other jets, including a Global Express XRS.

During cross-examining some of the agencies, the Committee also uncovered the manifest of the chattered jet and whooping sum of 50 million spent on a trip.

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