The House of Representatives’ Committee on Ethics and Privileges has commenced investigation into the $620,000 bribery allegation that resulted from the petroleum products’ subsidy management probe.
The investigation, however, fell short of public expectation as the Committee led by Gambo Musa decided to conduct the hearing behind closed doors.
Defending the closed-door approach adopted by the Ethics Committee, the House Spokesman, Zakari Mohammed said the House directed the committee to use the method in order to allow the committee concentrate on the issue and also avoid interrupting other investigations being conducted by law enforcement agencies on the same matter.
He explained that if the committee is allowed to conduct the probe in the open, some interested persons might use information provided by Lawan to their advantage.
The investigation appeared tougher when the Mr. Farouk Lawan entered the venue.
The Ethics Committee also announced that it extended invitation to Mr. Femi Otedola to appear before it.