Senate members have been offered bribes by representatives of Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to endorse the interim reports on missing oil billions.
According to a source of SaharaReporters in the Senate, members of the Committee on Finance, headed by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, have received such an offer.
* Senator Ahmed Makarfi (L) and Senator Ike Ekweremadu (R). Photo credit – SaharaReporters
The committee has released an interim account before term. The document debunked the allegations of a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, about NNPC’s failure to remit between $20 billion and $50 billion money from crude oil sales with Nigeria’s apex bank.
The Minister of Petroleum resources, NNPC chiefs have intended to use the interim report as proof that none of them had been related to the case.
SaharaReporters further gathered that they had started approaching committee members with offers of significant financial compensation.
The members who have received generous bribe offers include senators Ahmed Makarfi, the Chairman (Kaduna North), Bukola Saraki (Kwara Central), Andy Uba (Anambra South), Aloysius Etok (Akwa Ibom North West), Magnus Abe (Rivers State), Nanadi Usman (Kaduna South) and Maina Lawan (Borno North).
Sentator Etok has allegedly made a commitment to sign off on the fraudulent interim report. The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who is in good and trustful relations with both President Goodluck Jonathan and Minister Alison-Madueke, was reportedly aware of this development.
The ‘reliable’ Senate source further disclosed that the sums being offered by two power players of the oil industry, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore, to the mentioned senators for hurriedly adopting the interim report may reach $1.5m each.
The controversy of the unaccounted billions of USD in crude oil sales was one of the main, but unofficial, reasons of suspension of CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, in February this year.
An accounting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, is currently conducting a forensic audit of NNPC’s activities in order to find more clues on missing oil billions.