Vested interests, religious and ethnic sentiments could frustrate attempts by the Senate to unravel the true position of the alleged $25b contracts, awarded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Already, cracks in the nine-member ad hoc panel led by a former Sokoto State governor, Senator Aliu Magatarkada Wamakko, has widened, as influential senators, including some members of the committee have expressed concerns about perceived pressure being mounted on them to frustrate the probe.
This is as protests within and outside the National Assembly, against subterranean moves to compromise the investigation and render it ineffective gather steam.
On its part, the House of Representatives has concluded plans to summon the duo of Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, during the week to clear the air on the issue.
The Guardian understands that sensitive sentiments, majorly along ethnic, religious and political lines, are being introduced into the crisis within the committee, by forces within and outside the National Assembly.
The Guardian, October 22, 2017
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