Reps summon Malami, Sylva, others over $9.6bn judgement

The lower legislative chamber of the National Assembly, on Wednesday, set up a 17-man ad hoc committee to invite the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami and his counterpart in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Timipriye Sylva over the recent judgement debt of $9.6 billion by a commercial court in the United Kingdom against Nigeria.

The Ministers are to give situational report on the matter and explain the lapse in judgement of time and due diligence in the (miss)handling of the case with a view to finding lasting solutions to the avalanche of extant and future cases.

The ad hoc committee is headed by Hon. Sada Soli (APC Katsina).

The House of Representatives is also to invite other officials of the ministries, saddled with the responsibility to negotiate the agreement with P&ID and the prosecution of the matter before the tribunal.

This was sequel to the passage of motion of urgent national importance sponsored by a member, Hon. Julius Ihonvbere.

While moving the motion, Ihonvbere pointed out that the recent judgement debt of $9.6 billion (with daily interest accruing) by a commercial court in the United Kingdom against Nigeria, in a matter between Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) Limited “leaves a very sour taste in the mouth.”

According to him, for a country with a foreign reserve of only $45 billion and a sovereign debt profile of over $80 billion, the judgment debt is not only punitive but would devastatingly affect the Nigerian economy.

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