Missing $20B: Senate Committee Member Denies Clearing Alison-Madueke, NNPC
A member of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Bukola Saraki has strongly denied recent media reports that it has cleared the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke or the National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of allegations relating to the “unaccounted revenue fraud.”
Saraki in a statement on Wednesday evening says the reports bear no correlation to the content of the Senate Committee report and urged the public to disregard them entirety.
The statement reads:
The recent media reports claiming that the Senate Committee on Finance has cleared NNPC of any unaccounted revenue fund are not true. Though I could not attend the last meeting of the committee, I have been very active in the investigation. Nothing significant has changed to suggest clearing anybody. I can say on behalf of the Committee that these media reports bear no correlation to the content of the Senate Committee report and I would urge the public to disregard it in its entirety.
The Committee is yet to receive the report on the forensic audit and independent analysis on the subject clearly indicate we have a lot of grounds to cover in order to determine the level of culpability or otherwise of agency on the alleged non-committal, so to suggest any clearance for anybody at this stage is out of the question.
I will further advise that the media should wait for the senate to release the details of the Committee report to the public before they jump into spurious conclusions.
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