Diezani Madueke In Another Private Jet Scandal That Gulps N164m Per Trip
For the second time in a quick succession, the House of Representatives has made another discovery on the use of private jet by the uncovered another minister of petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The House had last week raised an alarm and passed a resolution for the probe of the minister who they said had spent about N10billion of public funds on the maintenance of a Challenger Jet for her private use.
But barely one week after that discovery, the House said it has discovered that Alison-Madueke, also maintains another jet for international trips only which is estimated to gulp about €600,000 per trip.
The revelation was contained in a documents obtained by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the course of its investigation which reveals that the minister maintains another jet for international flights for private use.
The document, according to a source in the committee who spoke on condition of anonymity since the probe is ongoing, said the panel is in possession of a flight manifest of the chartered jet whose registration number is OF-LGX GLOBAL EXPRESS, the number of trips it has undertaken, complete with dates and destinations.
He added that the lawmakers have decided to summon people whose names are on the manifest to testify in the investigative hearing on the subject.
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday defended the minister on the initial accusation of wasting N10bn on the Challenger jet, saying the corporation reserves the power to maintain such facility in line with its 2004 Act.
While denying operating any private jet for private use of Diezani, NNPC spokesman, Dr Omar Farouq Ibrahim, said no law prohibits it from owning or chartering an aircraft, explaining that the corporation engages third parties for the provision of services outside of its core business.
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