9 February 2012
THERE was a mild drama on Wednesday at the ongoing House of Representatives probe on subsidy regime, as one of the major oil importers, Mallam Saminu Rabiu, who was paid N2.3 billion from the petroleum subsidy fund, took to his heels immediately he was asked to go having claimed that he was sick.
Mallam Rabiu, Managing Director of Almimui Resources,
, who appeared along with one Aminu Mohammed before the panel, did not come with any medical report and other relevant documents to support his claim. Lagos
The drama started when the chairman of the committee, Honourable Farouk Lawan, demanded the actual amount paid the company as subsidy, the staff strength of the company and the documents to back up his claims of importation and why he appeared before the committee casually.
Rather than providing answers to the questions asked by the panel, Mallam Rabiu kept mute and used sign language to direct Mallam Mohammed to take over from him.
Addressing the panel, Mallam Mohammed said that the company received N2.3 billion as fuel subsidy in 2011 and that the company had about six staff, stressing that Mallam Rabiu had been bedridden for a year now.