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- Published on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 21:27
- Written by Palmer Ogheneyole Nathaniel
Nigerian Billionaire and Oil magnate, Chief Femi Otedola today objected to the decision of the House of Representatives Ethics and Privileges Committee probing his alleged $620,000 bribe to the suspended Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Farouk Lawan, to take his testimony under closed door. The Chairman of Zenon
Petroleum and Gas Limited, who made this known today in a letter to the Green Chambers, personally signed by him and made available to newsmen, argued that since all the other sittings and investigation on the subject were done in the full glare of the public and media, he sees no reason why his, should be an exception.
The letter reads:
"The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges, Honorable Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges,
"This is a matter that has generated a lot of public interest and controversy.
The House of Representatives Committee on the Management of Fuel Subsidy headed by Hon. Farouk Lawan held all its sittings in public.
"When this issue arose, the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges publicly stated that its investigations will be held in public.
"It is therefore surprising and curious that this committee has made a U-turn to hold its investigative sittings in-camera particularly in the light of unfolding events.
"I strongly believe that the interest of the public will not be best served if this investigation is held in-camera.
I have nothing to hide and will only speak on this issue when the press and interested Nigerians are allowed to be present at the sittings of this committee", he said.