Reps summon NEPC MD over status of $1.67bn crude oil revenue

The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating alleged loss of crude oil revenue has summoned the Managing Director of Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) over unremitted 1.67 billion dollars.

The committee is investigating alleged loss of over $2 billion in revenue from illegal sale of 48 million barrels of crude oil export from 2015 including crude oil export from 2014.

Rep. Mark Gbilah, the Chairman of the ad hoc committee issued the summons in Abuja on Monday in order to provide the House with clarification on the status of payment of outstanding debt to Nigeria, amounting to 1.67 billion dollars.

He said the invitation was in light of the several borrowings of money in spite of the huge sum yet to be paid into the Nigeria treasury which could have impacted on the Nigeria economy.

The committee also re invited the former Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to know the status of the cases instituted with regards to those who had cases to answer on the alleged loss of crude oil.

He said the committee also had some submission of alleged discrepancies in the document presented before it, adding that some of which had been sent to companies affected to respond.

“So clerk you do a letter to AGF to avail us details of the approval for the engagement of the legal team and the related companies to carry out this investigation and provide us details of that legal team.

“In the letter, you request that the former AGF, former DG NIMASA also provide information on the status of this investigation and they will be invited in line with the submission of the report,” he said.

He said the committee would also require that the AGF provides it with the details of the report of the investigation.

He added that part of the allegation was that detailed reports indicating several discrepancies were provided to the federal government but no action was taken.

He further said it sounded like an attempt to shield those involved in the alleged pilfering of the country’s resources, while commending the court that got judgement in favour of NEPC.

He said the judgement was in regards to the case against Atlantic energy, while also inviting Atlantic energy and Building concept for clarification.

On his part, the Director General, Nigeria Maritime Safety Agency, NIMASA, Mr Bashir Jsamo said the NIMASA mandate did not give it power to sell or transport crude oil.

“But in 2013 when the revenue from the crude oil continued to dwindle, we coordinated data of actual lifting of crude oil.

“NIMASA was directed by the AGF to ensure that it coordinated a technical team to see how we can source data of the actual lifting of crude oil and the last destination point and see whether there are any discrepancies.

“At the end of the day, we saw such discrepancies and we worked in conjunction with the legal team and from the findings, the legal team discovered 10 companies liable,” he stated.

He said the companies under-declared Nigeria crude oil and cases were instituted against those companies, adding that most of the cases were still in court.

“We won one of the cases; a directive was given by the court that $1.7 billion should be paid to the coffers of the Federal Government,” he revealed.

(Daily Post)