The planned probe by the Senate of the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, over the allegations by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu of the award of $25 billion in contracts without due process, has been postponed, Vanguard reports.
Speaking, yesterday, during plenary, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, said the investigation would now commence next Tuesday, but failed to give any reason for the sudden change. The investigative panel, chaired by Senator Aliyu Wamakko, ought to have started yesterday, even as his earlier meeting scheduled last week was also called off at the last minute.
It was, however, gathered that the case praying the court to stop the Senate from conducting the investigation may be the reason for the shift. Senate President Bukola Saraki had last week, constituted the adhoc panel, following a resolution of the Senate and public outcry over the alleged award of the contract. The committee was given four weeks to submit its report.
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