Wednesday, September 26, 2007

PROBE CONDEMNS NIGERIAN SPEAKER !

President Yar'Adua has vowed to crack down on corrupt politicians. MPs in Nigeria investigating a $5m spending spree by the new House of Representatives Speaker, Patricia Etteh, have said she broke the rules.
Her last appearance in the assembly prompted a fist fight and she was ushered away amid cries from MPs of "thief, thief" in her native language.
She was accused of buying 12 cars and carrying out lavish house renovations.
The report by nine MPs gave 10 reasons why "due process was not completely followed in awarding contracts".
Parliament is likely to vote on whether to impeach her in mid-October when it reconvenes, says the BBC's Chris Ewokor in the capital, Abuja.
Correspondents say the furore over the contracts has been an embarrassing start for the National Assembly, following elections in April.
President Umaru Yar'Adua took office in May pledging to crack down on corruption and is under scrutiny over whether he will deliver.
Mrs Etteh says she is being made a scapegoat by senior politicians angry that she overlooked them for key appointments.
BBC NEWS REPORT.

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