The major headlines on most Nigerian newspapers today, October 4, is the leaked letter written by Ibe Kachikwu. NAIJ.com earlier reported that the minister of state for petroleum called the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to some alleged illegal practices and insubordination.
The group managing director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru is implicated in the letter as giving out contracts worth $24bn.
According to The Guardian, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has attributed the slow growth in the oil and gas sector to illegal practices by the departments and agencies under his ministry, especially the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) headed by the Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru.
In a petition, Kachikwu told President Muhammadu Buhari that the country’s petroleum industry would have recorded tremendous progress but for Baru’s actions.
Although the NNPC group spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, simply said the corporation “cannot respond to a letter it has not read," the development has confirmed the frosty relationship that has long existed between the two leaders of the nation’s hydrocarbon industry.
In This Day, it was reported that a former minister of petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to compel the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to bring her back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom, where she travelled to shortly after leaving office in 2015.
She said she would like to appear in court in Nigeria to defend a criminal charge bordering on the alleged laundering of N450 million, where her name was mentioned.
The main defendants in the charge are a senior lawyer, Dele Belgore (SAN), and a former minister of national planning, Prof Abubakar Suleiman.
According to Vanguard, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday, October 3, in Abuja warned politicians and political parties against going about soliciting for electoral support, describing such action as illegal.
This was as the commission added that it has commenced work on the budget for the 2019 general elections. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this at a quarterly consultative meeting with the media held at the commission’s secretariat.
According to Punch, a member of the deadly Boko Haram sect, Mohammed Bashir, who was arrested by men of the Ondo state police command a few days ago had stated that members of the sect were planning to carry out an attack in the state before he was arrested.
Bashir was arrested in Isua Akoko, the headquarters of the Akoko south-east local government area of Ondo state.
Parading the suspect on Tuesday, October 3, at the command’s headquarters in Igbatoro, Akure, the state capital, the state commissioner of police, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, said the suspect would soon be handed over to the Nigeria army for further action.
According to The Nation, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigation officer, Tosin Owobo, yesterday testified that three former Nigeria Air Force (NAF) officials allegedly diverted N21 billion to their personal accounts from NAF’s.
He said they diverted the cash through several companies, which they registered personally. None of the companies had any transaction or contract with NAF, he claimed.
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Owobo was testifying in the trial of a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd), former NAF Chief of Accounts and Budgeting Air Vice Marshal Jacob Adigun and former Director of Finance and Budget Air Commodore Olugbenga Gbadebo.
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