The release date keeps getting shifted at the HouseArticle | April 18, 2012 – 12:11am | By Iferi Etuk

The report detailing the House of Representatives’ findings of its January fuel subsidy investigations has again been deferred amid fears there are efforts aimed at diluting its recommendations.

Dozens of oil marketing companies are expected to be indicted and asked to refund illegal fuel subsidy receipts totalling several billions of naira.

Recommendations calling for prosecution from the Farouk Lawan-led committee are also expected.

Lawan has vowed to ensure the recommendations remain intact, and are released to the public. But the submission, repeatedly scheduled at the House, has been repeatedly moved for other dates.

The post-Easter resumption was announced as the eventual date for the presentation; but  Lawan stayed away from the plenary on Tuesday, fuelling the concerns and the presentation also was not listed on the House order paper. No reasons were given.

Some lawmakers denied there were efforts to thwart the process and that parts of the report were deliberately leaked to some media houses.

Zakari Mohammed, the Chairman House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Zakari Mohammed, said the media reports remained “mere speculations” until the report is laid in the House.

Zakari also denied allegations there were pressure from the presidency to spare an expected indictment of some powerful people close to President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The delay in the submission of the report has no political undertones as speculated by some media houses,” the spokesperson said.

President of a group known as South South Youth Caucus, David Osaro, had alleged that the public hearing by the House was set up to deal with Mr. Jonathan by some northern leaders.

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