Lawmakers also confirm that the probe against Herman Hembe is on

The House of Representatives has confirmed a copy of its report on the fuel subsidy investigation, approved last week, has been dispatched to President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Chairman House Media Committee, Zakari Mohammed, said on Thursday the document was sent to the president and law enforcement agencies as initially agreed, for their action.

The clarification came after the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, said last week that while the Jonathan administration was willing to prosecute corrupt petroleum industry officials indicted by the report, the executive was yet to receive the details of the findings.

However, he said the report’s recommendations will not be used to initiate criminal charges against any official; rather, they will only guide further investigations by the anti-corruption agencies.

Zakari said Adoke’s office has now been sent the report, and copies were also sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), and all confirmed receipt.

He also said the investigation into the N44 million bribery scandals between the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Arunma Oteh, and the former House Capital Market Committee leadership, is to begin as ongoing capital market probe winds down.

“It is strategic because the same actors that we are going to need are similar with the ones in the ongoing probe,” he said. “I want us to keep our calm. It will be counterproductive to have 2-3 committees running at a time. We have not swept it under the carpet.”

The interim committee, named to carry out the  investigation is headed by Samson Osagie.

On Thursday, an Abuja High Court on Thursday granted the request of the EFCC to arraign Hembe, and the former Vice Chairman of the committee, Chris Azubogu, in connection to the N44 million alleged bribe request. The arraignment is slated for May 17. 

“Oteh and Hembe are central to this matter. Also people that are ancillary to this issue will be brought in,” Mohammed said.

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