ABUJA, July 4 (Xinhua) — The Nigerian House of Representatives on Wednesday emphasized its commitment to expose corruption in the country in spite of the fuel subsidy scandal.
Spokesperson for the House Zakari Mohammed told a news conference in Abuja that in spite of the problem that has characterized 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,” he said. 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,” he said.
The legislator said the House was paying a price of standing against corruption.
The spokesperson told reporters 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 oil mogul, Femi Otedola, there was no time that he was put on trial by the Ethics and Privileges Committee of the House.
Mohammed said the committee was the only committee of the House empowered by law to hold its meeting behind closed-door.
Otedola appeared before the committee on Tuesday to state his own side of the matter.
According to him, 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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