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Malabu Deal: House asks Adoke to amend letter on oil transaction

NIGERIA's Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN13 December 2013, Abuja – The House of Representatives has recommended that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Muhammad Adoke, should amend his statement that it was satisfied with the OPL 245 deal.

Adoke had written in a letter to one Simon Taylor of Global Witness in United Kingdom, regarding the deal that the House: “Had instituted a probe into the transaction and at the end they were satisfied that there was no infraction of the constitution or any other Nigerian law.”

In another development, the House has mandated its committee on communications to investigate MTN for its daily text messages to its teeming subscribers asking them to partake in various sales promotions.

The House also mandated its Committee on Diaspora to probe the forceful denial of parenting and adopting of a Nigerian baby boy by the Norwegian Child Welfare Service.

According to a report submitted to the House yesterday, its committee chairman on Justice, Dr. Ali Ahmed, indicated that regardless of the explanation given by Adoke in his May 20 letter that it was written in “good faith and in the best of his professional ability and capacity,” he should correct that portion to reflect the committee’s findings that the House was never part of the Malabu deal.

“Based on our findings and observations, and without prejudice to the report of the ad hoc committee on the Malabu Oil and Gas Company Limited or other ending report of the House on the issue, we recommend that the Attorney-General be directed to make appropriate correction in paragraph 6 of the letter in question… And communicate same to those concerned for record purposes,” the report stated.

Meanwhile, in a motion moved by Eddy Mbadiwe and Frank Enokorogha, the House expressed concern that “innocent citizens, who have not subscribed to some sales gimmicks are being charged without authorisation and credits are refused when demanded.”

The House, therefore, directed its committee on communication to probe the matter and report back to it within four weeks.

Meanwhile, the Minority Whip, Samson Osagie, raised a motion that one Ms. Queen Agha, who is the biological mother of her child had been denied access and custody of the child.
He said instead a Norwegian lady had been accorded the privilege.

Agha, an indigene of of Edo State, who resides in Norway, was forcefully taken to a psychiatric home by the Norwegian police “for the purpose of generating official evidence to substantiate her criminal conduct even when the doctor affirmed that she was of sound mind and was mentally fit to cater for her child.”

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