Senate to probe NNPC GMD over Kachikwu’s leaked memo

Ebun Francis || The dust raised by the leaked memo the minister of state for Petroleum resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu to President Muhammadu Buhari alleging insubordination and corrupt dealings by the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru will not settle anytime soon as the Senate on Wednesday decided to carry out a clinical investigation on the issues raised by the minister.

The decision of the upper house followed a motion sponsored by Senator Samuel Anyanwu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges.

The Senate is to investigate among other things the operation a foreign company, Duke Oil, which was allowed to operate in Nigeria without paying tax as part of its statutory obligations.

The senates believe that Duke Oil was not originally meant to lift crude oil.

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Consequently, Senator Kabiru Marafa urged the Senate to set up a committee to investigate and report back with immediate effect. The suggestion was upheld through prayers.

He, however, drew the attention of the Senate to the squabble between the Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, and NNPC’s. GMD, Maikanti Baru.

Marafa urged the Senate to investigate issues raised in the memo to President Buhari by the Minister of State for Petroleum so as to nip sabotages that might arise from the frictions.

“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, the media has been awash with memo raised by the Minister of State for Petroleum, accusing the NNPC GMD, and it would be right for the upper chamber to wade in,” he maintained.

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki constituted a committee to investigate activities of the NNPC and report back to the Senate.