4 July 2012

Nigeria: Subsidy Probe - We Will Continue to Expose Corruption-Representatives

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Nigerian Justice

The House of Representatives in Abuja on Wednesday emphasised its commitment to expose corruption in the country in spite of the fuel subsidy scandal.

Rep. Zakari Mohammed (PDP-Kwara), the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, said this at a news conference.

"In spite of the problem that has characterised the fuel subsidy probe, the House will continue to expose corruption.

" We will never take side with corruption, we as Nigerians and Representatives of the people, will ensure that corrupt people do not go free."

Mohammed called on relevant agencies of government to implement the report of the House in respect of the fuel subsidy probe.

"As a House, we are urging relevant bodies to expedite action on the report. Subsidy report is sacrosanct and should be implemented to the fullest."

The legislator said that the House was paying a price of standing against corruption.

He said that the alleged bribery scandal and subsequent reactions were deliberate to rubbish the report put together by the Ad hoc committee on subsidy regime.

Mohammed said the House had no issues with Mr Femi Otedola, there was no time that he was put on trial by the Ethics and Privileges Committee of the House.

" I want to correct that impression, we have no issues with Otedola. At no point in time did Mr Otedola come on trial with us, he was supposed to come as a witness."

Mohammed said the committee was the only committee of the House empowered by law to hold its meeting behind closed-door.

"The committee has the choice to hold its meeting in-camera or in public."

It would be recalled that Otedola appeared before the committee on Tuesday to state his own side of the matter.

He explained that Zenon Oil and Gas Ltd. and Synopsis Enterprises were returned to the list of defaulting oil marketers because of the alleged bribery.

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