Officials of two foreign firms, Aiteo Nigeria Limited and Ontario Nigeria Limited yesterday shunned the summon issued by House of Representatives ad hoc committee probing the alleged oil swap arrangement.

Nigerian Pilot recalls that the House on Thursday last week summoned the two oil firms to appear before it yesterday, as regards the ongoing probe in the swap arrangement entered into between Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and other independent marketers.

Chairman of the ad hoc committee, Hon. Zakari Mohammed had expressed disappointment that the chief executive officers of the two oil firms had not appeared before the committee in spite its formal invitations.

Mohammed threatened that the committee would not hesitate to apply the hammers in line with Section 89 (1d) of the House Standing Rules.

Other important agencies of government critical to the investigation also failed to appear before the committee on Tuesday.

A visibly angry chairman of the committee was seen making frantic telephone calls to the listed agencies only to be  told that there was no communication to them by the committee that the hearing was holding yesterday.

While apologising to the representatives of other oil companies that were present, Mohammed said there was a communication gap between the secretarial staff and the affected firms.

He said the clerk of the ad hoc committee that was supposed to have communicated with the affected agencies travelled while her interim replacement was unaware of the status of correspondences of the committee.

Mohammed apologised to officials of Taleveras Nugeria Ltd before adjourning the hearing to today


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