These are not the best of times for topshots of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as some former Group Managing Directors and Executive Directors are in EFCC trouble over 153 million dollars scandal.
Insiders at the EFCC squealed to us that: “We are however not stopping at this end because we discovered that some of these officials were used for many illicit transactions. By the time we extend our investigation to crude oil lifting, you will appreciate the sleaze during the tenure of Diezani as minister of Petroleum Resources. A syndicate was used to perpetrate the fraud in the oil firm.”
“Since we recorded the breakthrough, our legal unit has been working round the clock on how to seek the nod of the court for a temporary forfeiture order. We have obtained relevant data from Bayelsa State Geographic Information System. As a matter of fact, the estate is coded as BGIS/OK/02/16/310 by the agency.”
“We will file the required application for the seizure of the estate pending the arraignment and the conclusion of the trial of the ex-Minister. This is a standard benchmark allowed by the law. We are certainly heading for the court.”
Also, sources at the NNPC revealed that: “This corporation is following the development. The EFCC is on top of the $153million palaver; it has actually been inviting some of our past officials for questioning. The good thing is that some of these former officials are still on NNPC’s pension roll. They can be recalled at any time for clarification of some issues.”
“Our board is meeting on the $153million saga and other matters on January 30. What we are doing now is to get the proceedings of the Federal High Court of Friday. We have a very articulate Legal Department which will study it. NNPC is a corporation with a board and a chairman. The legal advice will determine our next step after the board’s meeting.”
“If the court indicts any former officials, the corporation can still exercise disciplinary control on them.”