Senate panel may sit in camera on the alleged $25bn NNPC scam

According to a report by The Nation, the Senate ad-hoc committee constituted to investigate the alleged abuse of office by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr Maikanti Baru, may conduct its affairs behind closed doors.

The Senator Aliyu Wamakko-led committee held its first meeting last week after weeks of speculation that the Senate was under intense pressure to call off the investigation.

What was said: A member of the investigative said: “all is set for the committee to begin its assignment.

Asked the shape the high profile investigation will take, specifically whether the investigation will be conducted in camera, he snapped “I am not the chairman of the committee.

He added:What is important is that we will do the right thing whether in camera or open.

If there are issues that need to be handled in camera, we will do that due to the nature of the investigation.

If there are issues those to be invited prefer to discuss in camera, we will oblige them, especially if that will assist the committee to get to the root of the matter.

On those who are likely to face the committee, he said: “The man who made the allegation (Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu) will definitely be called to substantiate his claims.

The man alleged to have infringed the law (Baru) should also be invited to defend his action or inaction.

According to him, any other person that can assist the committee to do its work will be invited.

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