The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has denied as concocted and spruced up to cast them in bad light, figures being bandied in an ongoing investigation and dismissed them as unsubstantiated.
A statement by the Group General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, which provided clarifications on investigations by security agencies regretted that reports carried in some media gave the impression that NNPC officials had been indicted for wrongdoings.
“The report listed the NNPC officials involved to include the Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Mr. Anthony Muoneke; Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division, Mr. Gbenga Komolafe; and Executive Director (Commercial), Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr. Frank Amego.
“We therefore wish to state in most unequivocal terms: That the NNPC officials named in the said publication are scheduled and delegated Management Staff of the Corporation who only carried out their legitimate official assignments within the NNPC and were only invited to shed light on same by the law enforcement agencies.
That the invitation of the officials is nothing unusual as NNPC regularly interfaces with other government agencies to provide information on relevant activities of the Corporation.
“That none of the NNPC officials was arrested or detained by the EFCC or the DSS in connection with investigation into the crude swap programme and the Offshore Processing Agreements.
That none of the NNPC officials has had his international passport seized by any of the law enforcement agencies mentioned in connection with the investigation”, he clarified.