Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Court Rejects Bid by Diezani Madueke To Stop House Of Reps Probe

Embattled Petroleum Minister, Alison-Madueke,  failed in her bid to amend her originating summons presented to the court to avoid presenting papers, notes and documents before committees of the National  Assembly.

The Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday refused the minister of petroleum resources, Deziani Allison-Madueke’s request to amend her originating summons to the effect that the National Assembly has no constitutional powers to carry out oversight function on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government and hold hearing to adjudicate on petitions against them.

Alison-Madueke and the NNPC had dragged the National Assembly and House of Representatives before the court, praying for an order of perpetual injunction restraining them from summoning or directing her appearance before any committee, particularly the Public Accounts Committee set up by the second defendants.

She also wants the court to stop the defendants from asking her to present papers, notes or documents before any such committee or the giving of any evidence by the relevant public officers.

At the last adjourned date, lawyer to Alison-Madueke, Etigwe Uwa, (SAN) brought an application seeking to amend his originating summons.

He submitted that the application is coming at an early stage when response to the second defendant ( House of Representatives) has not been regularised, adding that the grant of the application is not harmful to the case of the defendants.

He however noted that the originating summons which he is seeking to amend was prepared under time constraint, saying that more argument will be canvassed over time.

But the lawyer to the 2nd defendant, Aminu Sadauki opposed the application for amendment and urged the court to dismiss the application and hear the suit of the first originating summons.

Delivering ruling in the application yesterday, the trial judge, Justice A.R Mohammed noted that the amendments sought by applicant were in two parts.

According to him, the first part relates to the issue of the lease of a Challenger 850 aircraft why the second relates to the power of the National Assembly.

Justice Mohammed adjourned the case November 19 for hearing.

Source: Leadership

They should continue to drag their feet on the matter main while she is still sitting comfortably on the egg and continues to hash new eggs in comfort. By the time the case is decided and NASS committee starts work there will be no more eggs to hash. 

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