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House To Probe Minister of Petroleum Over “Suspicious Oil Deals”

Channels Television  
Updated May 2, 2013

The House of Representatives is set to investigate the Minister of Petroleum Resources,  Diezani Alison-Madueke over allegation of suspicious oil deals worth N59 trillion.

Speaking on a matter of public importance, member Representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency in Anambra State, Representative Victor Ogene accused the minister of impropriety and abuse of due process in the transaction leading to the sale of seven oil mining leases.

The matter was brought to the house following a petition by group from oil producing communities in Delta, who alleged that there was a deliberate exclusion of indigenious operators from the exercise.

Last week, members of oil producing communities in Delta state stormed the National Assembly to demand better control of the resources in their community.

They also protested what they described as the fraudulent allocation of oil mining leases.

During the protest last week, federal lawmakers from the senate addressed them and promised to take necessary action.

However, the matter was brought before the House of Representatives and they plan to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the allegation.

The House has asked members of the public to submit necessary documents to the committee, which has four weeks to conclude the investigations