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Diezani N10 Billion Jet Saga: House of Reps Absent from Hearing

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Last week, it was reported that a Federal High Court order was delaying the investigation of the alleged N10 billion spent on chartered aircrafts by Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. 

However, the court denied granting any order of that nature. The Judge then instructed the House to appear in court on May 5 to explain where they obtained the alleged restraining order. (if you missed this story click here).

At the hearing on Monday, no lawyer showed up to represent the House of Representatives. As a result, Madueke’s lawyer called for punitive actions to be taken against the House for their absence, Vanguard reports.

However, the judge pardoned them, stating “In the interest of justice, I will excuse the absence of the 2nd defendant in court today, believing that as a responsible arm of government the 2nd defendant will appear on the next adjourn date.”

The hearing was subsequently adjourned to May 26th.

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5 Comments

  1. http://gistville.com

    May 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Hmmmm. Are they not interested in the case anymore? #Americawillknow why the refused to appear in court.

  2. Bleed Blue

    May 6, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Suspicious to say the least. You would think with the uproar, this case would be given priority by the House.

    Ghana-must-go bags have made the rounds I’m guessing?

    #ShamelessLot #ThereIsGodOooooo

  3. Ochigbo edwin

    May 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

    i think the was performing her satutory duty the court has more to tell nigerian for stalling the investigaion

    • mrs chidukane

      May 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Please don’t blame the court,abi you didn’t read the article well? Let me help.The house accused the court of granting an injunction to the Minister to prevent them from investigating. The Court denied this and told the House to appear to say where they saw such injunction and on the date given, the House didn’t appear. What does that tell you? That the house doesn’t want to investigate and felt they could blame the Court for it and now their plan has backfired. Nigerians are always quick to blame the Courts while to be honest our judicial system is not that bad.Its just reply that it is fraught by delays usually caused by the prosecutors = Nigerian Police

    • Sandi

      May 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Is it that you can’t read? What does the court have to explain when they announced they didn’t stall the investigation? And instead called on the House to prove their claim.

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