The Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of Finance, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, were summoned by the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee to testify and produce all pertinent documents regarding the under investigation matter.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of Finance, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, were re-invited by the committee looking into the alleged illegal export of 48 million barrels of crude oil to foreign countries yesterday. They were asked to appear today, Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 10:00 am.
During the ongoing three-day investigative hearing on the $2.4 billion alleged to have been syphoned by oil firms and several government agencies on the agreement, Hon. Mark Terseer Gbiillah, chairman of the House Ad-hoc Committee, reissued the summons.
The Committee said that the two ministers would appear at the resumed hearing to discuss the federal government’s whistleblower policy and supply the committee with all required documentation regarding the matter being looked into by the House.
The Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission’s Director of Development, Mr. E. Amadusun, had earlier been interrogated by the MPs about the N21 billion that oil corporations had contributed to the agencies’ coffers as a show of devotion.
They asked the numerous oil businesses present at the meeting for their pre-shipment inspection certifications, information about the ships used to export petroleum, financial accounting of the lifting, their banking information, and statements that would help them discover the truth.
In response to inquiries, Mr. Kingsley Etuk Akpan, Operational Manager of Millennium Oil and Gas, told the MPs that the company had purchased a 20 Square KM oil field.
When asked if his company had documents to support the ownership, Akpan replied in the affirmative. He added that the operational document was from Shell and said they had bid on the contract because they had the letter of award and other important documents in their possession.
The decision to summon Malami and Ahmed once again was prompted by their initial appearance, where they failed to provide satisfactory explanations and evidence. The committee seeks to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the sale, including any potential breaches of procurement laws and the involvement of relevant government officials. As the investigation gains momentum, Nigerians await answers and accountability in this high-profile case that has raised serious concerns about the mismanagement of national resources.