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Group Calls For Immediate Sacking Of Nigerian Petroleum Company, NNPCL Boss Mele Kyari Over Alleged Corruption

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A coalition claiming to comprise over 570 civic organisations has called on President Bola Tinubu-led administration to remove the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mr Mele Kyari, and prosecute him for alleged massive corruption and fraudulent diversion of billions of dollars to personal and cronies’ accounts.

The civic groups under the aegis of Coalition of GMD NNPC Mele Kyari Must Go, gave the Tinubu government seven days within which to remove him and commence a thorough investigation of his economic sabotage against Nigeria state and prosecution.

The coalition in a statement made available to KOKO TV NG titled: “GCEO NNPC Limited Mele Kyari Must Go Over Massive Corruption And Diversion Of Billions Of Dollars,” signed by its Convener/ President, Yoruba Council Worldwide, Aare Oladotun Hassan Esq and Secretary General/ President, Niger Delta Anti-Corruption Network, Comrade Pathfinder Emmanuel, accused Kyari of deducting N2.1 trillion from the monthly revenue of NNPC and refusing to remit the same to the Federation Account.

Listing a plethora of cases of financial impropriety against Kyari, the coalition alleged that GCEO of NNPCL was the brains behind the supply of adulterated or bad fuel that came into the country in 2022 and damaged many vehicle engines and generators.

“We are fundamentally aghast and compelled to demand detailed forensic investigation in line with the statutory regulations and anti-corruption standard practice and laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the following issues of urgent national concerns as follows:

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“In 2019 audited report of the financial books of NNPC shows that the NNPC (upstream arm & NAPIMS), said they transferred the sum of N1.27 trillion to the Federation Account, but an audited report from the office of the (AGF) signed by Aghughu Adolphus says that it is only N608.71billion that was remitted by NNPC into the Federation Account. Therefore, we are saying that GCEO NNPC Mele Kyari and co must remit the outstanding balance of N663.89b back to the Federation Account.

“Similarly, GMD NNPC Limited Mele Kyari led NNPC failed to account for 107 million barrels of crude oil that was lifted out of the country in 2019, Auditor General of the Federation says, according to verifiable records and facts. In the year 2019, NNPC lifted out 107, 239,436 million barrels of crude oil meant for domestic consumption and refused to account and remit a kobo back to the Federation Account.

“…In the year 2019, the office of the Auditor General of the Federation presented an audit report to the then 9th National Assembly Committee on Public Accounts at the Senate and House of Reps, and according to the report about 22,929.84 million liters of Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol valued at N7.06b was said to be plumbed to two depots (Ibadan- Ilorin and Aba- Enugu between June and July in 2019. The said products were not received by the two acclaimed depots. He must give a proper account of the said 22,929,84 million liters of PMS.

“In the year 2022, from January to July, Kyari and the NNPC management refused to account and remit a kobo to the Federation Account for a good consecutive seven months. For the seventh month in a row, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited failed to make any single remittance into the federation account from the sales of crude oil that were lifted out of the country as revenues generated from January to July i022.

“Nigeria records N16 trillion oil sales in the year 2022, but NNPC remit zero to the Federation Account according to CBN. Nigeria records N16 trillion from crude oil sales between January and September, according to newly released government data, weeks after the Central Bank of Nigeria said that the state oil company, NNPC had yet to make any remittance to the federation account through the apex bank.

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“In the same year of 2022, data gathered from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that Nigeria earned N5.6 trillion in the first quarter from sales of crude oil, NN5.9trillion in the second quarter, and NN4.6trillion in the third quarter of 2022, and upon the sales of crude oil amount to the volume of N16 trillion,” regrettably Mr Kyari and his Management team remitted zero kobo to the federation account through the nation apex bank.”

The Coalition further stated that during former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and with Mele Kyari as NNPC GMD, Nigeria spent N11 trillion on subsidy payments.

They asked Kyari to tell Nigerians how the N11 trillion was spent, “who are the companies that were paid this N11t subsidy payments, publish the company names and their account details with the accurate volume of the number of refined petroleum products that these companies supplied to Nigeria through NNPC”.

The petition further read, “Since NNPC was the sole importer and supplier of petroleum products to the Nigerian market, if subsidy is to be blamed, the federal government under Bola Ahmed Tinubu as commander in chief must probe the entire subsidy era that astronomically raised to N11 trillion, to N16 trillion under the watch of GMD NNPC Mele Kyari, and we say no to GMD NNPC Mele Kyri stay in office and demand that GMD NNPC Mele Kyari must be removed and face probe, and give a proper account of the subsidy era, especially now that the whole subsidy regime is shrouded in secrecy and opaque corruption payment of N400 billion in September 2023 as done for many decades till date.”

The Coalition comprises ethnic nationalities, religious, professional and civil society groups, unions, Yoruba Council Worldwide, Niger Delta Anti-Corruption and Accountability Network, Arewa Youth Movement For Good Governance, Niger Delta Women for Peace and Development Group, Niger Delta Ex-Militant Forum For Peace, Social Justice and Economic Sabotage, Ohanaeze Youth Coalition, Committee On Human Rights and Environmental Justice, among others.

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