The Nigerian Senate has summoned the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and other relevant government agencies to brief it on the details of the Gas contract to the Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) Limited and the $9.6billion penalty awarded against Nigeria.
The Senate made this resolution on Tuesday at its resumption, following a motion raised by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, representing Ekiti Central.
The Senate unanimously agreed that all parties to the agreement which included the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, should also appear alongside the attorney -general.
Bamidele said his motion was on the need to invite Malami and other relevant stakeholders to brief relevant committees of the Senate on the award of $9.6bn against the Federal Government.
He said, “The Senate notes with concern that Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora have become apprehensive.
“Several committees of the Senate have over the last few weeks, received several petitions and other direct and circumstantial information on the ongoing legal imbroglio.
“The legal battle involves the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and by extension the Federal Government of Nigeria and the United Kingdom firm known as Process and Industrial Development Limited, herein after referred to as the P&ID.
Seconding the motion, Senator Bassey Albert said the Senate must be briefed by the AGF on the way forward over the judgment against Nigeria.
Senator Solomon Olamilaken and Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege in their separate contributions spoke in favour of the prayer inviting the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and other relevant government agencies to the chamber.