Senate postpones probe of NNPC’s Baru


By Patience Danjuma 

The Senate on Tuesday deferred the planned probe of the Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, over alleged award of $25 billion contract without due process.

It also resolved to investigate Baru over alleged insubordination and abuse of office as contained in the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu leaked letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who announced the postponement, said that the investigation will now commence next Tuesday.

The investigative panel to be chaired by Senator Aliyu Wamakko ought to have started Tuesday.

Ekweremadu who presided over the plenary did not give any reason for the sudden postponement.

Sources said that the court case praying the court to stop the Senate from conducting the investigation might have been the reason for the shift.

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki constituted the ad hoc panel last week following a resolution of the Senate and public outcry over the award of the alleged shady contract.

The committee was given four weeks to submit its report.

A source said that earlier meeting scheduled last week by the chairman, Wammako, was also called off at the last minute.

Wamakko is yet to address the press about the modalities his committee would adopt to conduct the investigation.   

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