JET CHARTER: ALISON-MADUEKE, NNPC FILE FRESH SUIT AGAINST PROBE

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Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday slammed a fresh suit on the Senate and the House of Representatives seeking an order of the court to stop the planned probe of N10 billion on chartering of aircraft. The fresh suit was in furtherance of the Originating Summons filed two weeks ago.
The House of Representatives had fixed June 17 for the probe. In a similar suit before Justice A.R Mohammed of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the court had refused to grant an order of interim injunction raised by counsel to NNPC in the suit.
However, Alison-Madueke and the NNPC through their counsel filed a fresh suit at the registry of the Federal High Court seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Respondents whether by themselves, their committees, staff, servants, privies, or any proxies, howsoever called, from summoning the Applicants, or any agencies under the Applicant’s supervision or control, to appear before them for the purpose of giving evidence and/or producing any papers, books, records or other documents which relate to the unpublished official records of the Applicants pending the hearing and final determination of the substantive suit filed by the Applicants.
The Applicants had brought the suit via a motion on notice pursuant to Order 26, Rules 1, 2(1), Order 28 Rule 1(1), 2(1) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2009 and Section 6(6) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as altered.
The Applicants also pray for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Respondents whether by themselves, committees, staff, servants, privies, or any proxies, howsoever called, from further conducting direct personal or physical probe, inquiry and/or investigation into any alleged fraud, corruption, or other criminal activities said to have occurred in the Applicants’ establishment or agencies under the Applicant’s supervision or control, pending the hearing and final determination of the substantive suit.
They seek an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Respondents whether by themselves, their committees, staff, servants, privies, or any proxies, howsoever called, from further sending out invitations to the Applicants for the purpose of appearing before them to answer to allegations of fraud, corruption, or other criminal activities in the agencies under the Applicants’ supervision or control, pending the hearing and final determination of the substantive suit filed by the Applicants.
Source: New Telegraph

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