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Published On: Sun, Dec 21st, 2014

Private Jet scandal: Reps to appeal court ruling

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By Umar Muhammad Puma

The House of Representatives ‎said it would appeal the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court, which prevent it from summoning the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

In a judgement given on Wednesday last week, the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, also halted the House’s probe of the N10billion the minister reportedly spent on maintaining a private jet, Challenger 850, for her trips.

The judge held that the summons of the House to the minister to answer questions on the jet was “invalid” on the grounds that the House resolution was neither published in the journal of the National Assembly nor in the official Gazette of the Federal Government.

But, House spokesman, Rep Zakari Mohammed, (APC Kwara), said the house would definitely appeal the judgment, saying that lawyers to the House‎ were reviewing the decision of the court and would enter the appropriate appeal against the judgment.

Mohammed said, “There is a possibility that our lawyers will appeal the judgment and whatever I say could be considered as prejudice,” he added.

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