Nigeria?s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke
Nigeria?s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke

Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister, Ms Diezani Alison-Madueke, has secured a court injunction ordering the House of Representatives to discontinue an ongoing investigation of how the minister allegedly squandered more than N10billion of public funds leasing private jets for two years.
A Federal High Court in Abuja in its ruling restrained the House, its committees or representatives from summoning Mrs. Alison-Madueke or requesting that she produce papers,documents or give evidence relating to the jet spending.
The presiding judge, A. R. Mohammed, also stopped the lawmakers from ordering the minister?s arrest for failing to appear before the House Committee on Public Accounts, which is probing the allegation.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke is accused of spending billions of naira for the services of private jets she deployed for mostly personal trips. State oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, supervised by the minister,
has absolved the minister of any wrongdoing.
Alison-Madueke since her appointment as petroleum minister, has been under a series of investigation by the National Assembly.
Some of the notable probes carried on her activities include; the 2012 kerosene subsidy payment claims which made the Federal Government agree to the call for a forensic audit on the activities in the ministry and all its parastatals.
Another notable probe was that on the alleged missing $20billion which was exposed by the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
The latest allegation against Mrs. Alison- Madueke came March 20 in a motion presented by a member of the House of Representatives, Samuel Adejare, accusing the minister of committing about 500,000 Euros (N130 million
naira) monthly to maintain an aircraft for her personal needs and those of her immediate family.
Hon.Adejare said preliminary investigations showed government funds were used for financing the deal.
Preliminary investigation by the House public accounts committee showed more than one aircraft was involved.
The court injunction which is dated April 14 but only made public Monday, ordered the House not to summon the minister or ask her to provide any documents relating to the jet scandal.
The court order was emailed by the NNPC to reporters late Monday.

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